RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, which was released on June 2, 1967 and just a few days later certified Gold® by the RIAA on June 5, 1967 for one million dollars worth sold.
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One of the most famous records in history, Sgt. Pepper established many firsts, from its recording techniques and instrumentation to being the first album to include lyrics printed on its jacket. It spent 27 weeks at #1 in the UK and 15 weeks at #1 in the U.S. and also went to #1 in virtually every other major music market worldwide.
It won four Grammy Awards in 1968 including Album Of The Year, becoming the first rock album to do so. In 2002 it was ranked #1 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. By 1997 it had been certified 11x Multi-Platinum and is estimated to have sold 33 million copies worldwide. 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 1967
- Presented to the Beatles, usually considered the most desirable presentation
- Has been rebacked but internal components appear all original (see detail 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. 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 in 1967 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.
All internal components appear correct to support this being a first presentation award. It features the Capitol "rainbow" logo with the original shortened track 2 song title "A Little Help From My Friends" seen in early pressings. (Later pressings featured the title "With A Little Help From My Friends"). The award also has a gold disc made by Disc Award Ltd. with its distinctive dragon logo engraved in the dead wax area (see detail image).
The award is presented to the Beatles, the most desirable presentation. The smoother, whiter Miller board used 1967 and after is present. The correct style presentation plate reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the Capitol Records long-playing record album..." is also present. The wood frame appears to be the correct and original white matte-style frame.
This award is 52 years old and yet is in very good to excellent condition, considering its age. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as is expected. The disc has a minor blemish or two on one edge. The presentation plate is in very good condition. The plexiglas is clear with only a few small scratches. The only non-original feature appears to be a changed backing paper and wire hanger. Other than what we have detailed here, we do not have provenance information on this piece. It was acquired from a private seller. This is a rare opportunity to get one of the most coveted RIAA white matte awards in the world.
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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