Hard to find Guns N' Roses RIAA 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 April 19, 1988 for 1 million copies sold.
It topped the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and became the 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 in 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 powered 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 "flower hologram" Platinum album award with LP and cassette
- In Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presentation to music executive
- All original components unaltered with original back paper and manufacturer label
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Awesome collector's item for any Guns N' Roses fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1988 when this style of RIAA award was made. That makes this award approx. 31 years old. It is presented to music industry executive Howard Johnson.
This award appears to be in completely original condition, i.e. unaltered components including back with manufacturer's sticker from Dejay Products. This award is in excellent condition, with only a very, very minor mar or two on the frame. The only oddity to this award is that it does look as though someone stapled the back to better secure the card stock backing paper, which was likely coming loose as sometimes happens on this style of award.
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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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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com