RIAA Gold 45 "white matte" award for the Beatles (with Billy Preston) track "Get Back", presented to The Beatles. This single was released on April 26, 1969 and just a month later certified Gold by the RIAA on May 19, 1969 for 1 million copies sold.
One of the most famous hits of the Beatles career, it went to #1 in virtually every major music market worldwide and was the first single of the group's career to enter the UK chart at #1. The single was backed with "Don't Let Me Down". The tune was of course most recently featured in the wonderful 2021 documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, directed and produced by Peter Jackson. By 1999 the single was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certification info on this single*.
This item includes FREE insured, worldwide shipping. Continental U.S. buyers can just check out and will receive free shipping. If outside the continental U.S., just email us at email@example.com to purchase and we will supply custom payment link to access free shipping. **NOTE: any international customs duties, taxes and/or related fees remain responsibility of purchaser.
Mouse Over to Zoom/Click to Enlarge Photos
- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc, and gold info plate
- Made in 1969
- Presented to The Beatles
- In VG condition
- Original with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker (see details below)
- "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
- RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and very rare collector's item for any Beatles fan
- FREE WORLDWIDE, insured shipping on this item (see details in red above)
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold "white matte" single award was made in 1969 and features the great Apple label the group launched in 1968. The award is presented to The Beatles.
It is 54 years old and yet is in VG condition. There is one spot of minor discoloration on the matte on the lower left and some wear on the wood frame as is expected. Also, while all the components of this award appear completely original, there are a few very minor tears to the surface of the record label which logically implies that the metal presentation plate may have come loose at some point causing this, or alternately, the glass was broken. Coupled with the somewhat newer-looking backing paper, it is likely that the award was opened up at some point over the last 50 years to fix it. Since the award does have an original New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker, it is likely that it was reattached to new backing paper after the repair was completed. This is all our analysis since we acquired it this way and we have no way of knowing for certain that this is how this damage occured.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to get a highly coveted early Beatles RIAA white matte award presented to the group themselves. Did you know the Beatles have more RIAA sales in the top 10 highest auction sales than any other artist? See the top 10 in our article here.
*Avoid paying auction fees/buyer's premiums by buying our RIAA awards here on our site before they go to auction. We take select RIAA awards to auctions a few times a year.
Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter and get our 55-page MusicGoldmine RIAA and Record Award Guide free plus a 15% discount code here.
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 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.
*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com