In her most famous song called Janis Joplin ( not meant quite seriously ) the love of God with a request for a Mercedes. Private drove the music legend but something else: A Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet, which has now been auctioned for a truly colossal sum.
As a result, the auction house RM Sotheby's had expected 600,000 dollars. It was three times: 1,8 million dollars converted 1.6 million euros, Porsche found a new owner. In order for the car is also the most expensive 356. Not infrequently drives prominent Pre the price up. However, the extremely psychedelic paint of the car is likely to have played a role.
But first things first: 1968 sees Janis Joplin on the streets of San Francisco, a psychedelic - colored lacquered car and is enthusiastic about the idea immediately. So she worried for $ 3500 a four-year-old Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet. The car passes them together with 500 dollars in her " Roadie " Dave Richards, who gets a free hand in the transformation. Richards replaces the gray base coat by " Candy Apple Red " and daubs the Porsche around with oblique designs under the slogan " The history of the universe ". The result took Janis Joplin in everyday life and fell on like a sore thumb. Anecdote: When was the Porsche stolen briefly, the thief made haste because to repaint the car, when he discovered to have stolen the most colorful birds in the city. Blessing in disguise: Richards had protected the optics with a special paint coating.
In October 1970, Janis Joplin died with only 27 years. Your Cart returned first to the family, which left him Janis` manager Albert Grossman. After 1973, the Porsche went back to Michael and Laura Joplin, who eventually restored the car in the original gray paint. In the early 1990s, finally, the importance of the original appearance has been detected. Together with two helpers and based on old photographs reconstructed Dave Richards his masterpiece, which was included in the " Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame " 1995th Now the family has sold the famous Porsche. Financially, it was worth it . ( rh )