RIAA Gold LP award for Paul McCartney & Wings Venus And Mars, which was released on May 27, 1975 and the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 2, 1975 for 500,000 copies sold.
The album included a Wings classics including "Listen To What The Man Said", "Letting Go" and "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" which were all hits on the charts. The release, Wings second, went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and U.K. Albums chart. By 1991, the album had been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold colored frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with a few minor scratches on frame
- First presentation award from sometime in the 1975 time frame
- Presented to famous album cover artist George Hardie
- Appears to be an unopened back with original manufacturer's sticker still present
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
- RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Beautiful collector's item for a McCartney or Beatles fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime around 1975 since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81. That makes this award approximately 40-44 years old. It is presented to album cover artist George Hardie, who not only created this album cover, but also those for Led Zeppelin's debut album, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here and many others.
The award is in excellent condition with all components in very good to excellent condition. It has what appears to be original backing paper with original New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker still present. This award has only a few very few minor scratches on the frame and a slightly faded matte. Note that these issues have a minimal effect on the appearance of the piece.
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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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com