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Michael Jackson Thriller RIAA 25x Platinum Award - RARE

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RIAA 25x Multi-Platinum™ Award for Michael Jackson's #1 album Thriller, which was released on August 10, 1979. This is rare opportunity to own a piece of the history of this album, which is currently the second best selling album in U.S. history and the best selling album in the world with sales estimated at 66 million. This RIAA award celebrates the album hitting the milestone of selling 25 million copies in the U.S., with the RIAA certifying it at 25x Multi-Platinum™ on July 7, 1997. 

The album topped the Billboard 200, the UK Albums chart and charts in a dozen other countries. It produced seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles:  "The Girl Is Mine", "Billie Jean", "Beat It" (featuring Eddie Van Halen on a cameo guitar solo), "Wanna Be Startin' Something", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and of course the title track. It won a record eight Grammy awards in 1984 including Album Of The YearBy 2017 the album had sold over 33 million copies in the U.S. See image above for the extensive RIAA sales certification data of this album*. 

*Avoid paying auction fees/buyer's premiums by buying our RIAA awards here on our site before they go to auction. We take select RIAA awards to auctions a few times a year.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Multi-Platinum award with all proper components for the era
  • In Excellent condition with only a few very minor mars on the frame
  • First presentation award from 1998
  • A completely original award with original backing paper and manufacturer's label
  • Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
  • Award measures 17" x 41"
  • Beautiful and very rare collectors item
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Multi-Platinum award is a large and impressive first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1998 given the 25x Multi-Platinum certification date in 1997. That makes it approximately 21 years old. This award was given to an industry executive with KRB Music (a music distributor) and carefully kept since then. His signed and notarized letter of provenance will provided with purchase. The provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive an non-obscured copy of the letter.

This award has its original backing paper and manufacturer's label from licensed RIAA award maker Ill-Eagle Enterprises. All components and serial number hologram are correct, indicating an original award. This award is in excellent condition with only a very minor mar or two on the frame.

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

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