RIAA Gold LP award for the Beatles 1967-1970 album, sometimes referred to as the "Blue Album" or "Blue Hits Collection." The album was released on April 2, 1973 and was quickly certified Gold by the RIAA on April 13, 1973 for 500,000 copies sold.
This was a compilation album assembled by Beatles manager Allen Klein after the group's breakup, as the title implies it contained hits from the years indicated. The release went to #1 on the Billboard album chart and #2 on the UK album chart and sold well in many countries. By 1991 the album was certified 5x Multi-Platinum and by 2010 17x Multi-Platinum -- see image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with gold frame, gold disc, gold info plate
- In VG condition with a few very minor scratches on frame, slight matte and record label fading
- Second presentation award made sometime after 1975
- Presented to Capitol Industries, Inc.
- Has been rebacked
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made 1975-1981. Floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item for any Beatles fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold award is for the Beatles 1967-1970 "blue" hits album. It is presented to Capitol Industries, Inc., a Capitol Records affiliated company. It is a second presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime after 1975 since "floater" awards were produced from 1975-81 and this album remained in Gold certification status from 1973 to 1991.
The first presentation award for this album would be a 1964-74 "white matte" award. The album wasn't actually certified Platinum (and 5x Platinum) until Dec. 26, 1991, so all the plaques that could have been issued until that year would have been Gold awards, not Platinum. Obviously the album actually sold the number of units to be certified Platinum long before that date. It's likely the label didn't file the required paperwork proving those sales with the RIAA until 1991.
This award is in excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglas.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: 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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com