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Nirvana MTV Unplugged RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum LP Award - RARE

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Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum LP Award. Nirvana's hugely successful "Unplugged" album was released November 1, 1994 and certified 3x Multi-Platinum on January 13, 1995 by the RIAA which is what this award celebrates.

The album was recorded at Sony Music Studios in New York City on Nov. 18, 1993 for the MTV Unplugged television series. It was the first Nirvana album released after Kurt Cobain's untimely death and went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Composed of Nirvana hits including "Come As You Are", "All Apologies", and a selection of lesser known Nirvana tunes, it also featured an eclectic selection of cover tracks from David Bowie, Leadbelly, Meat Puppets and the Vaselines. The album won the Best Alternative Music Performance Grammy award in 1996. In the U.S., by 2020 the album was certified 8x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum "R hologram" album award from 1995
  • In VG to Excellent condition
  • Presented to record executive
  • All original award including manufacturer label on backing paper
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Nirvana fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA "R hologram" Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1995, making it 25 years old. It is presented to Don Pratt. It is presented to Don Pratt, who was a Promotion Manager at Geffen Records.

The award is in VG to Excellent condition, with only a minor mar or two on the frame and plexiglass. The award has its' original back with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage 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. 

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