RIAA Gold LP award for Queen's debut album presented to Queen. The album was released on July 13, 1973 and certified Gold by the RIAA on March 29, 1977 for 500,000 copies sold.
This album, the group's debut, became their first hit with "Keep Yourself Alive" becoming a classic today. "Seven Seas Of Rhye..." also first appeared on this album. While only charting to #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #47 in the U.K., it launched the legendary group's career. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award for Queen's debut album
- In VG condition with typical wear on the frame
- First presentation award from 1977
- Rare presentation to Queen
- Original backing paper
- 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" x 21"
- Rare collector's item for any Queen fan
- FREE WORLDWIDE insured shipping on this item (see details in red above)
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold LP award that would have been manufactured in 1977 making it approximately 44 years old. The award is presented to Queen.
The award is in VG condition with only some typical wear on the frame and some very slight degradation on the gold record. While its' original manufacturer sticker is missing, there is adhesive residue in the size, shape and location of a New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker on its backing paper.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com