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Janis Joplin’s Porsche sells for £1.2m

Published 21 December 2015

A 1964 Porsche 356 owned by Janis Joplin sold for £1.2m at RM Sotheby’s auction in New York – a new world record for any Porsche 356 sold at auction.

The singer bought the car from a used car dealer in 1968. Joplin commissioned friend and roadie Dave Richards to customize it.

The result was a psychedelic mural called ‘History of the Universe’ – which made the cabriolet one of the first ‘art cars’.

Other early highlights of RM Sotheby’s ‘Driven by Disruption’ sale included a 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone, which sold for £1.63m before a packed house.


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