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R.E.M. Automatic For The People RIAA 3x Platinum Award

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RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum Album award for R.E.M. album Automatic For The PeopleReleased on Oct. 6, 1992 and certified 3x Multi-Platinum for three million copies sold on Nov. 16, 1993, which this award celebrates.

The album included R.E.M. classics "Drive", "Everybody Hurts", "Man On The Moon" and "Nightswimming" all of which propelled it to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums and #1 on the U.K. Top Albums charts. It also did very well in many other world music markets. By 1995 the album was 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 3x Multi-Platinum award 
  • In VG to Excellent condition 
  • First presentation award from 1993
  • Presented to record executive 
  • Original back with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 17"
  • Great collectors item for any R.E.M. fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is an original first presentation RIAA award from 1993, making it 29 years old. It was presented to Joe Janecek, who was a marketing executive at Warner Bros. Records at the time.

It is in VG to Excellent condition including its original back with Hartley-Fitzgerald manufacturer sticker and only a very few minor mars on the plexiglass and frame.

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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.

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:

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