Janis Joplin was one of the most popular female musicians of her era. She met an untimely demise due to a drug overdose. Tons of music collectors would love to get their hands on rare Joplin merchandise, and that’s why the mandolin she gave to Jimi Hendrix sold for a ton of money.
According to TMZ, Janis Joplin’s hand-painted mandolin, which she gave to Jimi Hendrix, was sold for $281,250 after 29 bidders fought hard for it. Up until now, it has never been up for auction.
It was a part of a private collection for 20 years after it was acquired from the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The mandolin represents the friendship between Hendrix and Jopin, on top of its amazing historical significance.
It was painted with flowers and phrases such as “love thy neighbor,” “Janis Joplin & B.B.H.Co,” and “Jimi Hendrix.” Clearly, the lucky bidder got a steal of a deal and is happy with his purchase.