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Julian Lennon Valotte RIAA Gold LP Award Presented to Atlantic Records

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RIAA Gold LP award for Julian Lennon's 1984 album Valotte album, which  was released on Oct. 19, 1984. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 9, 1985 for 500,000 copies sold.

The album, which was released just a few years after his father John Lennon's life was tragically cut short, was notable in that the younger Lennon's vocals were at times remarkably similar in tone to his late father's. His physical similarity to his father was also evident in album jacket photos.

The album produced much buzz at the time and two top ten hits -- "Too Late For Goodbyes" and the title track "Valotte." Together they powered the album to certified Platinum status by Mar. 13, 1985. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award with all proper internal components for the era: Gold disc and "strip plate" style info plate
  • In Excellent condition with only very slight fading of the matte
  • First presentation award from 1985
  • Presentation to Atlantic Records
  • Frame and backing paper are not original, frame was replaced with a new gold frame similar in appearance to the correct frame type
  • Known as a "strip plate" award because the certification information is all on one plate, they were made from 1981-85
  • RIAA strip plate awards numbered around 50-75 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
  • 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 1985, since this "strip plate" style award was only produced until 1985 when this album was certified Gold. That makes this award 33 years old. The award is presented to Lennon's label Atlantic Records.

The award's frame and backing paper have been changed but all visible internal components appear original and unaltered. A frame shop in Memphis made the new frame (see their sticker on the back of the award). This award is in excellent condition, with only very minor fading of the matte and info plate (see photos). These issues have practically no effect on the appearance of the piece when displayed. 

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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: