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Radiohead The Bends RIAA Gold Album Award

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Hard to find RIAA Gold album award for Radiohead's album The Bends, which was released on March 13, 1995. It was certified Gold the RIAA on April 4, 1996 for 500,000 copies sold. This is a beautiful award which features extensive album art, which for this album was designed by Radiohead lead vocalist Thom Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood.

A major hit in the UK where it rose to #4 on the UK Album Chart, it initially fared less well in the U.S. charting only as high as #88 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. However, it was ranked #2 on British music writer Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000 and, in 2003, #110 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Singles from the album included "High And Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees", "Just", "My Iron Lung" and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)". By 1999 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for 1 million copies sold.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Gold album award with CD and cassette display and 3D shadow box album artwork
  • In Excellent condition (see below)
  • First presentation award from 1996
  • Presentation to MTV presenter and radio programmer
  • Has been re-framed using original plexiglas with graphics
  • Impressive award measures approx. 31.5" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Radiohead fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that was manufactured in 1996 making this award 25 years old. It is presented to former MTV 120 Minutes (1980s-2000s alternative music show) host and radio programmer Lewis Largent.

This award contains all original unaltered inner components but has been reframed with a black shallow shadow box frame similar to the original. The components are in excellent condition. The plexiglas does have a scratch or two on it. The original Ill Eagle manufacturer's sticker from this award is included.

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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. 

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