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Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 sells for more than £1million


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Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 sells for more than £1million

A rare 1964 Porsche 356 which was once owned by the late American singer Janis Joplin has sold for more than £1.1million at a auction in the USA last week.

The sale made it become the most expensive Porsche 356 ever to be sold at auction as it smashed its pre-auction estimates of between £250,000 and £400,000.

Joplin, who was the lead signer of rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company before becoming a solo artist, died at the age of just 27 from a heroin overdose in 1970.

She is understood to have purchased the four-year-old Porsche in 1968 from a Beverly Hills used car dealership for around £2,300.

It was then given what became known as the 'History of the Universe' paint job by artist and friend Dave Richards who added portraits of her band from the Big Brother and the Holding Company, a Candy Apple Red Paint as a replacement for the car's gray base paint, and among other things, her Capricorn star sign.

The car was apparently once stolen and repainted but the spray paint was removed and the famous psychedelic mural underneath restored.

Joplin's lawyer Bob Gordon took ownership of the Porsche 356 after her death but he returned it to the Joplin family in 1973. It was later passed between her manager Albery Grossman and her younger brother, Michael Joplin and sister Laura Joplin.

Surprisingly, the Porsche 356 was at some point restored and repainted to its original Dolphin Gray colour. But thankfully the mural was restored in the 1990s by artists Jana Mitchell and Amber Owen using period pictures before being housed in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum where it has been for the past 20 years.

Now the famous Porsche is in the hands of a new owner as Janis Joplin's legacy lives on.

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