RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for the Beatles Help! LP presented to the Beatles. This album was released on August 13, 1965 and just ten days later certified Gold® by the RIAA on August 23, 1965 for one million dollars worth sold.
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Help! was of course the soundtrack to the feature film of the same name that featured the lads from Liverpool. In addition to the hit title track, it featured "Ticket To Ride" and "Yesterday", the most covered pop song in history. The album went to #1 in the U.S., U.K. and numerous other major music markets worldwide. It was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 1965 Grammy Awards, becoming the first album from a rock group to be recognized in the category.
By 1997 it had been certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for the U.S.. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame (see more detail below)
- A first presentation award from 1965
- Presented to the Beatles, usually considered the most desirable presentation
- Has original back with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer's sticker
- "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. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award must have been made between 1965-68 given its certification date and the fact that by 1968 awards made would have featured the Apple label, since Apple Corps. was formed in 1968. Also, the award features the correct pre-1969 Fulton Street address New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer's sticker on its unopened backing paper.
The award features the Capitol "rainbow" logo and is presented to the Beatles, the most desirable presentation. This award is approx. 55 years old and yet is in very good to excellent condition. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as is expected and a couple of minor tears on the backing paper. The disc, matte, album miniature and presentation plate are in very good condition. The plexiglas is clear with only a few small scratches. This is a rare opportunity to get a highly coveted 1960s Beatles RIAA white matte award.
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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 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