RIAA Gold LP white matte award for the Rolling Stones More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) presented to and personally owned by Bill Wyman. This album was released in December 11, 1972 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 17, 1973 for $1 million worth sold.
The follow up to the wildly successful 1972 greatest hits album Hot Rocks, this double album contained another does of Stones classics from "Not Fade Away" to "The Last Time" to "It's All Over Now" and more. The album went to #9 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
This award was acquired at a sale personally arranged by Wyman that featured many of his instruments, awards, and other personally-owned items and mementos from his illustrious career with the Rolling Stones and beyond. Evidence that it came from this sale will be included with this item.
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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 1973
- Presented to Bill Wyman
- Personally owned by Wyman until 2020
- "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 WORLDWIDE insured shipping on this item (see details in red above)
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP white matte award would have been made in 1973 given the album's certification date. The award's most spectacular feature is undoubtedly that it is presented to Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who also personally owned the award until 2020.
The award approx. 47 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. The back of this award has a piece of thin hardboard added to accommodate four circular wall-mounting hooks. Wyman is known as a detail-oriented collector and archivist of his lifetime of Stones memorabilia so it is likely that these were installed in order to fix it securely to a display wall. The award remains in the same condition as when Wyman owned it and has not been altered.
Don't miss this is a rare opportunity to acquire a coveted all-original RIAA white matte award for one of the Rolling Stones classic early releases, complete with spectacular presentation to the Stones Bill Wyman himself. Wyman was the Stones bassist from 1962 through 1993, playing on countless classic Stones albums and touring the world for three decades. He also released six solo albums from 1974-2015 and formed Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings in 1997, with which he has recorded six albums and toured. The group has featured a cast of well-known music figures on its albums including Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, Ringo Starr, former Stones bandmate Mick Taylor and many others.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com