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The Animals Best Of... White Matte RIAA Gold LP Award presented to Eric Burdon - RARE

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RIAA Gold "white matte" album award for the The Animals The Best Of The Animals LP presented to lead singer Eric Burdon. This album was released in February 1966 and certified Gold by the RIAA on July 28, 1966 for one million dollars worth sold.

The album was highly praised by critics and featured Animals classics including "The House Of The Rising Sun", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", and more. The album reached #6 in the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold "white matte" LP award
  • In VG condition 
  • A first presentation award from 1966
  • Presented to Animals lead singer Eric Burdon
  • All original award, rebacked
  • "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" x 21"
  • Beautiful and rare collector's item for any fan of the Animals and/or Eric Burdon
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award would have been made between 1966-68, making it about 57-59 years old. The award is presented to lead singer of The Animals Eric Burdon. Burdon also later was lead vocalist for the War, including singing on their hits "Spill the Wine", "Tobacco Road", a cover of the Stones "Paint It Black", and "They Can't Take Away Our Music" among other tracks. 

Despite its' age this award is in VG condition. There are a few minor mars on the wood frame as is expected. The disc, album miniature and presentation plate are in Very Good condition. The backing paper was replaced at some point.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to get this rare 1960s Animals RIAA white matte award presented to legendary singer Eric Burdon himself.

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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 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.

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