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ELO A New World Record RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold Album award for ELO album A New World Record. Released on Oct. 15, 1976, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Oct. 25, 1976 for 500,000 copies sold.

The album featured several ELO classic hits including "Telephone Line", "Livin' Thing", and "Do Ya". It  reached #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #6 in the UK, #1 in Canada and overall charted in many countries. By the end of 1976 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for RIAA certification history of this album.* 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold Album award
  • In VG condition 
  • First presentation award from 1976
  • Presented to record executive/attorney
  • 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" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any ELO fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation Electric Light Orchestra RIAA Gold Album award that would have been manufactured in 1976, making it approximately 48 years old. The award is presented to Harold Seider, who worked with United Artists Records, was John Lennon's lawyer for a time, and also for others in the music industry.

This award is in VG condition with some frame wear and mars on the plexiglass. Its original backing paper is still in place but has been cut on three sides since loose components inside the award were reattached (cuts taped to help prevent dust intrusion). It has its' original Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker. 

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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.

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.

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