Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic Porsche Headlines Collectible Car Auction


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Courtesy CNN

Courtesy CNN

On Thursday, December 10, famed New York Auction house Sotheby’s, in collaboration with automobile auctioneers RM Auctions, held their first ever collectible car auction. Dubbed Driven By Disruption, the auction showcased “extremes of motoring history” according to the auctioneers, with 30 investment-grade automobiles on the block.

Perhaps the most interesting vehicle up for grabs was a 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet owned by 1960’s rock icon Janis Joplin. The vehicle sports an appropriate to the period psychedelic paint job courtesy of Dave Richards, one of the star’s roadies. Initially pegged to go for somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000, Joplin’s Porsche instead sold for $1.76 million.

Courtesy Sotheby's

Courtesy Sotheby’s

The auction was about more than Joplin’s car however, as it featured numerous record breaking sales.

The honor of highest selling vehicle at the auction belongs to a 1956 Ferrari 290. The striking racer boasts a sleek¬†red, yellow, and blue color scheme and according to Peter Wallman of Sotheby’s the car is one that “Enzo Ferrari was personally involved with, and a fundamental part of Ferrari folklore.” As only one of four models in existence, the 290 sold for a whopping $28 million.

Another standout was a 1962 Aston Martin (the company known as the manufacturer of vehicles for Agent 007 himself, James Bond) model sold for $14.3 million, breaking the record for a British automobile.

Click the slideshow¬†for photos and information on all the auction’s big sellers.


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