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Elton John “Nikita” 1986 BPI Platinum Single Award to Bernie Taupin - RARE

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BPI (British Phonographic Industry) Platinum Single award for Elton John hit “Nikita” presented to career-long co-writer Bernie Taupin. The track was released in 1985 and became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It featured background vocals from George Michael. It was certified Platinum in the U.K. by BPI in 1986 for 250,000 copies sold. The track went to #3 on the UK Singles chart and #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also a hit in many other territories.

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 Item Highlights:

  • BPI Platinum Single award
  • In VG to Excellent condition
  • First presentation award from 1986
  • Presented to Elton John co-writer Bernie Taupin (listed as “Taupin”)
  • Completely original award
  • Award measures approx. 10” x 14"
  • Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Elton John or Bernie Taupin fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description:  This is a first presentation BPI Platinum award that was manufactured in 1986 making it approximately 26 years old. It is presented to Bernie Taupin, Elton’s lifelong songwriting partner. 

The award is all original and in VG to Excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame. It also features what appears to be a metal record, not always seen in awards from this era. Don't miss this terrific piece of Elton John history, with an excellent presentation to legendary lyricist Bernie Taupin.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage 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.

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