RIAA Gold LP white matte award for the Rolling Stones Hot Rocks presented to Keith Richards. This album was released on December 15, 1971 and quickly certified Gold by the RIAA on January 20, 1972 for $1 million worth sold.
Containing all manner of Stones classics from "Time Is On My Side" to "Jumpin' Jack Flash" to "Wild Horses" and all the hits in between, the album went to #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Incredibly, at this writing as of September 2020, the album has also spent a staggering 345 weeks on the chart. The album has become the Stones best selling of their career, having been certified 12x Multi-Platinum by 2002 which makes it a rare RIAA Diamond-certified seller. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with some typical frame wear
- First presentation award made in 1972
- Presented to Keith Richards
- Unopened back with original New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker
- "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
- RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album.
- Award measures approx. 17.25" x 21.75"
- Beautiful and very rare collector's item for any Rolling Stones fan
- FREE U.S. and WORLDWIDE insured shipping on this item (see details in red above and please also note all conditions related to international shipments here)
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP white matte award would have been made in 1972 given the album's certification date. The award's most spectacular feature is undoubtedly that it is presented to Stones co-founder, co-songwriter and guitarist Keith Richards.
The backing paper is original and unopened with New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker. The award is approx. 48 years old yet is in Very Good to Excellent condition, especially considering its age. There are some typical scratches on the frame but the matte, presentation plate, gold disc, record label and album miniature are all in Excellent condition.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com