RIAA Platinum LP award for Led Zeppelin III, which was released on October 5, 1970. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Oct. 8, 1970 for 500,000 copies sold but interestingly not certified Platinum until Dec. 11, 1990, making this "R hologram" a first presentation Platinum RIAA award for this album.
Featuring the classic top 20 U.S. chart single, "Immigrant Song", along with fan favorites "Since I've Been Loving You", "Celebration Day" and "Gallows Pole". The album topped the Billboard Top Albums and UK Album charts, along with many others worldwide. By 1999 the album reached over six million copies sold alone in the U.S. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Platinum LP award
- In VG condition with a few very minor scratches on the frame and slight fading of matte
- Presented to Atlantic Records
- First presentation award from 1990
- Manufacturer's sticker on back
- Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-97
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Excellent collectors item for any Zeppelin fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Platinum award for Led Zeppelin III is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award manufactured in 1990 making it approx. 32 years old. It is presented to Atlantic Records.
Interestingly, the album wasn't actually certified Platinum (and also at the same time 2x Multi-Platinum) until Dec. 11, 1990, so all the RIAA plaques that could have been issued prior to 1990 would have been Gold awards, not Platinum. This album certainly sold the number of units to be certified Platinum long before that date. It's likely the label simply had not filed the required paperwork proving those sales with the RIAA until 1990. The end result is that the "R hologram" style award became the first presentation Platinum awards since they were the style of awards made from 1990-97.
The award is in VG condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame and plexiglass and a couple of very small spots of surface deterioration on the presentation plate. The award has its original Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker.
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As to where they came from, they could have been displayed at record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, record retailers, 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