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Mötley Crüe Theatre Of Pain RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Album award for Mötley Crüe's Theatre of Pain album. Released as their third studio album on June 21, 1985, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Aug. 22, 1985 for one million copies sold.

Both "Smokin' In The Boys Room" and "Home Sweet Home" became hits for the band. The album rose to #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #14 in the U.K. By 1995 the album has been certified 4x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award
  • First presentation award from 1986
  • Presented to A&R executive who signed Mötley Crüe (read about all the Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses awards presented to him here).
  • In VG condition 
  • All original with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a RIAA "flower hologram" award, they were produced 1986-89
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great, rare early era collectors item for any Mötley Crüe fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1986 making it approx. 36 years old. The award is presented to Tom Zutaut, an A&R executive with Elektra and Geffen Records who famously signed Mötley Crüe, 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:

Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction RIAA 10x Multi-Platinum LP Award

This award is in VG condition with only very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. It also has its original backing paper with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker..

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: 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