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The Church Starfish RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold album award for The Church's Starfish album, which was released on Feb. 1, 1988 It was certified Gold® by the RIAA on Dec. 23,1992 for 500,000 copies sold.

Although famous in their homeland of Australia and elsewhere for early work such as "The Unguarded Moment" and other tracks, The Church is probably best known for the worldwide hit that appeared on this album: "Under The Milky Way". The tune peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also spawned other fan favorites including "Reptile" and "Destination." 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Gold album award with gold cassette and CD
  • In Excellent condition with only a few minor scratches on the frame, although cassette appears slightly askew
  • First presentation award from sometime around 1993
  • Presentation: To U.S. artist manager/promoter Michael Lembo
  • Original backing paper appears intact with internal components unaltered although manufacturer's sticker has fallen off
  • Award measures approx.10" x 20"
  • Beautiful collectors item for any fan of The Church
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured sometime around 1993 when this style of RIAA award was made. That makes this award approx. 26 years old.

This award appears to be in "first state," condition, i.e. completely unaltered and is award in excellent condition, with only a few minor scratches on the frame and a slightly askew gold cassette. 

Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article here.

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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