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Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche sells for $1.76 million

Photo credit: Grant Lamos Getty Images, courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Photo credit: Grant Lamos Getty Images, courtesy RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s concluded its 2015 auction calendar on Dec. 10 in New York City by collecting $73.5 million at its “Driven by Disruption” event.

The auction presented 31 pioneering automobiles and select memorabilia with vehicles realizing an 81-percent sell-through rate. The highlight of the sale was the hammering of a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM that sold for $28 million — the top total for a car sold at auction in 2015 and the top total ever at an RM sale.

Other highlights included a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, chassis no DB4GT/0186/R. One of just 19 built, it brought $14.3 million

Also selling was Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet. Purchased by Joplin from a used car lot in 1968, the car was customized with a psychedelic “History of the Universe” paint job by Joplin’s friend Dave Richards. The car was offered by Janis’ siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin, after 20 years on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. It finally sold for $1.76 million after spirited bidding.

Other early highlights of RM Sotheby’s ‘Driven by Disruption’ sale included a 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone, which sold for $2.42 million.

Full results from ‘Driven by Disruption’ sale will be posted online at

*Prices are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10% buyer’s premium for automobiles.

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