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10 Highest RIAA Gold/Platinum Record Auction Sales

Posted by James Duncan on

RIAA awards have proven to be great performers in auctions in recent years, with the two topping the list tied at a whopping $25K each. Whlie the top two sales are probably anomalies when a super fan with lots of money meets an opportunity to buy, there are also a great number of RIAA awards which have sold for north of $10K every year for the last decade, proving the popularity of these awards with collectors. Here's a list of the top 10 highest prices attained by RIAA awards in the marketplace, at least those sales for which prices were publicly available when this was written:

Listed by Artist Album/Single, Year/Format, Presented To, Price, Auction House/Seller, Date Sold

1 (tie). Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte* presented to Richard Wright, $25,000, Nate D. Sanders Auction House, 6/22/17

1 (tie). The Doors, Morrison Hotel, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to The Doors, $25,000, Julien's Auctions, 5/19/18

2. Elvis Presley, "Can't Help Falling In Love", Gold Single 1964-74 white matte presented to Elvis Presley, $22,000, Heritage Auctions, 9/20/15

3. The Beatles, "Hey Jude", Gold Single 1975-81 floater* presented to The Beatles, $20,000, Julien's Auctions, 11/4/17

4. The Beatles, Rubber Soul, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to The Beatles, $16,250, Heritage Auctions, 7/21/18

5. The Rolling Stones, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", Gold Single 1964-74 white matte, $16,000, presented to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Heritage Auctions, 8/10/13   

6. Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to Jimi Hendrix, $14,000, Julien's Auctions, 5/19/18 

7. The Beatles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", Gold Single 1964-74 white matte presented to Capitol Records, $13,750, Heritage Auctions, 4/15/18

8 (tie). Various Artists, Woodstock, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to Jimi Hendrix, $13,000, Julien's Auctions, 5/19/18

8 (tie). Jimi Hendrix, Electic Ladyland, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to Jimi Hendrix, $13,000, Julien's Auctions, 5/19/18

9 (tie). Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits, Gold LP 1975-81 floater presented to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, $12,500, Heritage Auctions, 6/18/17 

9 (tie). Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", Gold Single 1964-74 white matte presented to Volt Records, $12,500, Heritage Auctions, 3/18/17

10. Elvis Presley, Blue Hawaii, Gold LP 1964-74 white matte presented to Elvis Presley, $12,000, The Auction at Graceland, 8/12/18

Takeaways for collectors:

  • Very famous artists and songs are obviously the most coveted
  • The "presented to" is important (artist presentations are the most popular)
  • While 1964-74 "white matte" awards clearly garner the highest prices it is interesting to see two newer 1975-81 "floater" awards on the list as well (Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits and the Beatles "Hey Jude")

Check out our current selection of RIAA and other awards here.

*Not familiar with the terms "white matte" and "floater" or want to know more about RIAA awards generally? Check out our in-depth RIAA Awards Guide here.

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