Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Brings $1.76 Million at Auction

Rock legend's iconic 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet was expected to fetch $400,000 at RM Sotheby sale

Janis Joplin's iconic flower-power Porsche sold at auction for nearly $1.8 million Credit: RB/Redferns/Getty

Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for $1.76 million Thursday night at RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" car auction in New York. The iconic vehicle – a pearl-white 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet decked out with a kaleidoscopic Flower Power paint job – was expected to bring between $400,000 and $600,000, CNN reports. 

Joplin purchased the Porsche secondhand in 1968, and Big Brother and the Holding Company roadie Dave Richards painted the iconic "History of the Universe" mural, which features images of the band members among butterflies and jellyfish. Joplin owned the vehicle until her death in October 1970, and the Porsche has been displayed at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the past two decades. 

"Janis drove everywhere, all around San Francisco and down to Los Angeles when she was recording there," Joplin's sister and biographer Laura told Sotheby's in the auction listing. "Wherever Janis went in the car, her fans recognized it. When she parked it and returned, there was always at least one note under the wipers."

The "Driven By Disruption" sale also included a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, which sold for $14.3 million, the highest price ever paid for a British car at auction.

Amy J. Berg's recently released documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue chronicles the singer's early life, ascent to rock stardom, heroin addiction and musical legacy. The film features narration from Chan Marshall (Cat Power) and interviews with Bob Weir, Clive Davis, Melissa Etheridge, D.A. Pennebaker and Dick Cavett, along with Joplin's family, friends and bandmates.