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Janis Joplin Pearl RIAA 4x Platinum Award - RARE

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RIAA 4x Multi-Platinum Award for the Janis Joplin's Pearl album. Released on January 11, 1971 shortly after the singer's untimely death at age 27, the release went to #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and several other territory charts.

The album featured classics "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Mercedes Benz". It was produced by Paul A. Rothchild, perhaps best known for producing the first five albums of The Doors, who called working with Joplin "a producer's dream."  The album was certified 4x Multi-Platinum™ by the RIAA on July 20, 2000 for four million copies sold, which this award celebrates.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Multi-Platinum award with all proper components for the era
  • In Excellent condition with only a very minor mar or two on the frame
  • First presentation award from sometime in the 2000 time frame
  • Unopened back with manufacturer's sticker indicating a completely original award
  • Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
  • Award measures 17" x 25"
  • Beautiful and rare collectors item
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Multi-Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured sometime around 2000 making this award approximately 19 years old. This award was given to an industry executive and his signed and notarized letter of provenance will provided with purchase. Provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.

It is all original with unopened backing paper, Ill-Eagle Enterprises manufacturer's sticker and all correct components. This award is in excellent condition, with only a very minor mar or two on the frame, and adhesive residue and slight tears on the top of the award's back where a sawtooth hanger once was (see image).

    Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article here.x

    Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA 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.

    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.

    *RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com