Beatles The Early Beatles Album RIAA Gold LP Award

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RIAA Gold LP award for the Beatles The Early Beatles album, which was released on Mar. 22, 1965. The double album was certified Gold® by the RIAA on Jan. 8, 1974 for 500,000 copies sold.

It contained early mega-hits for the group including "Love Me Do," "Twist And Shout," "Please, Please Me," and "Do You Want To Know A Secret."

All the tracks on the album had been previously released in the U.S., however, making this album an introduction to the group for some but a sort of greatest hits album for others. This explains this album's slower climb to Gold status. The album was also later certified Platinum on Jan. 10, 1997. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

*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.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the "floater" era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
  • In VG to Excellent condition with a few very minor scratches on frame, a few mars on the plexiglas and slight fading of the matte and album miniature
  • First presentation award from sometime in the 1975-81 time frame
  • Presented to music industry executive
  • Original backing paper with NY Frame & Picture Co. sticker and internal components appear unaltered
  • Gold disc is side 1 of the record and the visible label track list leads off with "Love Me Do" (see label photo)
  • 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
  • Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
  • Beautiful and rare collectors item
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime 1975 or after. Since the "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81, this award is approximately 40 years old. It is presented to Daniel Moore. It is not known what role Moore played in the production or promotion of the album.

The award appears to be in VG to Excellent condition with original backing paper and New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker. All visible internal components appear original and unaltered. There is one small mar on the bottom edge of the matte board (see image) but it does not take away appreciably from the appearance of the piece.

This award is in very good to excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame (see photos) and minor fading of the matte and album miniature. Note that these issues have a very minimal effect on the appearance of the piece when displayed and are also not thought to have a significant impact on collector value. 

Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article 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 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: The colors gold and platinum are very difficult to photograph, and even more so if the gold and silver objects are behind plexiglass, as they are in RIAA awards. Many sellers manipulate their photos so that gold tones appear more gold, etc. which is something we don't do. Just know that to the naked eye these gold and platinum awards really do appear gold and platinum, and have a wonderful shine. They really do look best when you see them in person! 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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