Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic Car Will Be Auctioned Off In New York City


October 14, 2015 – On December 10th, for an estimated price of just $400,000, you can own a significant piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche is going up for auction in the “Driven by Disruption” sale at RM Sotheby’s in New York City.

The 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet was custom-painted in a wild, multi-colored 60s pattern, which is a portrayal of the “History of the Universe” intertwined with pictures of Joplin and her back-up band. Numerous photographs show Joplin posing with the one-of-a-kind convertible.

She had owned the car since 1965 when she asked Dave Richards, one of the Big Brother and the Holding Company roadies, to paint it.

At her death in 1970, the car would pass into the hands of her manager, Albert Grossman, who continued to use it. It would spend several decades in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Joplin’s brother Michael described the importance of the car to the legendary singer. “Besides Janis’ music and legacy, her Porsche is the most visual and important piece of memorabilia that exists,” Joplin’s brother Michael add. “Like most people and their car of choice, her Porsche is a direct link to Janis. She drove it everywhere – and with everyone that was anyone in the San Francisco music scene – with the top down and her feathers flying. Her music, life and car are a part of rock and roll history.”

Interest in the iconic singer has never faded, but it is currently especially high in expectation of the release of the Amy Berg documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, which has been acquired by FilmRise and is scheduled for wide release on November 27, 2015.

Since its initial releases in at the Toronto and Venice film Festivals, reviews of the film have been glowing. It was produced by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief).

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