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AC/DC Back In Black RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum album award for AC/DC album Back In Black. Released on July 21, 1980, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA quickly by Oct. 13, 1980 for one million copies sold. Rare early AC/DC award celebrating the earliest success of this legendary hard rock album.

One of the top 10 best selling albums of all time in the U.S., with worldwide sales of over 50 million, classic tracks on Back In Black include the title cut, "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Hells Bells", "Shoot To Thrill" and more. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart but has spent literally hundreds of weeks on the chart since its' release while also selling well all around the world. By 2019 the album had been certified an amazing 25x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA and remains one of the best selling albums of all time worldwide. See image above for all its RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award 
  • First presentation award from 1980
  • Presented to record label executive
  • In VG condition 
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981. RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Great collectors item for any AC/DC fan.
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum album award from 1980. That makes this award approx. 43 years old. The award is presented to then Atlantic records executive Judy Libow, who started in radio and worked at Atlantic Records for 16 years, much of the time as VP of Radio Promotion.

This award is in VG condition with minor mars on the frame and plexiglass, and minor fading of the album miniature. The backing paper is original and while the manufacturer's sticker is missing, there is adhesive residue in the shape and typical location of a New York Frame & Picture Co. label.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

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