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10 Highest RIAA Gold/Platinum Record Sales: $91K Anyone? Updated Sept. 2023

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Check out this list of the top 10 highest prices attained by RIAA awards in the marketplace. These pieces of music memorabilia have clearly become very popular with collectors.

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History of The Beatles Book: Fab 4 Time Capsules From 1963 On

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The Beatles Book was a series of magazines about the Beatles that was published from 1963 through 2003, which some interruptions along the way. The magazines contained photos and stories of the group from its earliest days and helped drive the mania that surrounded the Beatles as their popularity grew. The publication was founded in 1963 by Sean O'Mahony (1932-2020), who had worked in the music business since the 1950s after first running a coffee bar. By the early 1960s he had become the advertising manager at Pop Weekly, which was a magazine published by Robert Stigwood (who later went on to sign the...

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Authenticity: 5 Tips For Autograph Buyers

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Arm yourself with some tips to avoid getting duped when buying autographed items. Find out ways to determine if something you are interested in is, in fact, real...

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Who Was Awarded The First Gold Record?

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Who captured the first music industry gold record? Well, it depends on which type of gold record you're talking about. The earliest gold records were given out by recording companies who wanted to recognize and celebrate the achievements of artists whose music they had released. It's commonly thought that the first of these was awarded by RCA Victor's imprint Bluebird Records to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in February 1942 to celebrate the sale of over 1 million copies of their single "Chattanooga Choo Choo":  That said, there were probably many other such awards created around this period and certainly many more when Elvis...

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Record Awards As Art: From Mild To Wild

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Record awards in their earliest days were pretty plain, starting with simple dark-stained wood framed affairs with white matte boards in the 60s and early 70s. The period of 1975 thru the mid-80s brought silver and gold painted frames and charcoal-colored mattes. This was followed by a graduation to some pretty pedestrian black plastic-covered frame/black matte awards from the mid-80s through late 90s.   Just before the millennium, however, the RIAA loosened up its' previously strict design standards. This opened up the creative floodgates for award designers, who responded with an explosion of new designs. The companies that designed these new award...

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