Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche sells for $1.76 million at auction

These funds will go to support new projects, educational efforts, and other endeavors to grow Janis' legacy. (CREDIT: Facebook)

NEW YORK (AP) – A 1956 Ferrari has been sold in New York for $28 million at an auction that also featured top bidding for Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche.

RM Sotheby’s offered the vintage cars at a sale Thursday evening.

The Ferrari, which had a high estimate of $32 million, was one of the most valuable cars to come to auction. A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams in 2014. It holds the record for any car at auction.

Meanwhile, Joplin’s wildly painted 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet fetched $1.76 million, well above its top estimate of $600,000. The counter-culture relic was featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland for the last two decades.

It was sold by her family, which has owned it since 1973. The singer bought the white Porsche used for $3,500 in September 1968 and got a friend to customize it with a psychedelic mural that includes her astrological sign, Capricorn, and a scene of northern California. She drove it regularly until she died of a drug overdose in 1970. The 4-speed manual transmission vehicle was given a meticulous restoration in the early 1990s.

A 1963 Pontiac Bonneville owned by Roy Rogers fetched $308,000. It’s decorated with genuine silver dollars and guns.

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