Guns N' Roses RIAA 7x Multi-Platinum album award for Use Your Illusion I, which was released jointly with Use Your Illusion II on Sept. 17, 1991. The album was certified 7x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for seven million copies sold on July 16, 1997.
Illusion I contributed "November Rain", "Don't Cry" and a roaring version of Paul McCartney & Wings "Live And Let Die" to the list of classic GNR tracks. The album reached #2 (with II topping the chart) on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and UK chart, and landed in the top 10 in many other markets worldwide. Use Your Illusion I also picked up a Grammy award nomination for "Live And Let Die". By 1997 both albums had reached RIAA certified sales of over seven million. See images above for the RIAA sales certification data of the pair of albums*.
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- RIAA 7x Multi-Platinum album award
- In Excellent condition
- Award made in 1998
- 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 "serial number hologram" award, they were made from 1998 to present
- Awesome collector's item for any Guns N' Roses fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a RIAA 7x Multi-Platinum award that would have been manufactured after 1998 when this style of RIAA award was made. That makes this award approx. 24 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