Guns N' Roses RIAA 10x Multi-Platinum album award for their debut album Appetite For Destruction, which was released on July 21, 1987. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Mar. 25, 1993 for 10 million copies sold.
This album topped the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and has become the seventh best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. One could argue that "Welcome To The Jungle" changed music, ushering out "hair metal" and bringing a new, harder-edged strain of rock into the mainstream. The melodic guitar lines of "Sweet Child o' Mine" and anthemic "Paradise City" also helped power the album to RIAA certified sales of over 18 million by 2008. See image above for the RIAA sales certification data of this album*.
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- RIAA Platinum album award with LP and cassette
- In Excellent condition
- Award made in 1993
- Presented to A&R executive who signed GNR (read about all the Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses awards presented to him here).
- Reframed with glass front (not plexiglass)
- Award measures approx. 18" x 26"
- Known as a RIAA "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-97
- Awesome collector's item for any Guns N' Roses fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA 10x Multi-Platinum award that would have been manufactured after 1993 when this style of RIAA award was made. That makes this award approx. 29 years old. The award is presented to Tom Zutaut, an A&R executive with Elektra and Geffen Records who famously signed Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Dokken, Tesla, Edie Brickell, Enya, and others. One of Zutaut's original Elektra Records business cards is included with this item. Read more about Zutaut and the other awards in this collection all presented to him here. Here is Zutaut with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx in the 80s:
This award is in Excellent condition. It was made by Fitzgerald Hartley but its' original internal components have been reframed and its' plexiglass front has been replaced with real glass, making for clear, scratchless viewing of the award.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com