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GTR debut RIAA Gold LP Award

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RIAA Gold album award for GTR self-titled debut album. Released in May 1986, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on for 500,000 copies sold on July 22, 1986. 

This supergroup was formed by guitarists Steve Howe of Yes and Steve Hackett of Genesis. This, their only album, produced the hit "When the Heart Rules the Mind", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself peaked at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. It also charted in Canada, the UK and some European countries. See image above for all the RIAA sales certification data of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold album award 
  • In VG condition
  • Award made in 1986
  • Presented to record promotion executive
  • Letter of provenance included
  • All original with manufacturer label 
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a "RIAA flower hologram" award, they were made from 1986-89
  • Awesome collector's item for any GTR fan
  • 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 in 1986, making it approx. 38 years old. It is presented to Sean Coakley, an independent record promoter that worked with many record labels and who had also worked for ATCO/Atlantic and Arista Records. A notarized letter of provenance from the recipient is included with this award (see image).

The award is in VG condition with only very minor plexiglass and frame mars (including a tiny chip out of the back of one corner), and a small mark on the cassette. The backing paper is original with a Creative Glassics manufacturer label.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: 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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