RIAA Platinum LP award for Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol. II album. The album was released on Sept. 23, 1977. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA for 1 million copies sold on Nov. 9, 1977 and stayed at Platinum status until March of 1993, when it was certified 3x Multi-Platinum.
Loaded with Elton classics including "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Island Girl", John's version of the Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and more, the album sold very well. By 1998 it was certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the RIAA "R hologram" era
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award made sometime from 1990-93
- Presentation to MCA Records
- Backing paper appears original
- Known as a "R hologram" award, produced 1990-97
- Award measures approx. 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item for any Elton John fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured sometime from 1990-93. That makes this award approx. 30 years old. It is presented to MCA Records.
The award is in VG to Excellent condition with extremely minor frame and plexiglass scratches. The award appears to have its original backing paper, and while the manufacturer sticker is missing, there is sticker residue/tear marks in the correct size, location and shape of an Ill Eagle Enterprises sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.