RIAA Gold LP award for U2's The Unforgettable Fire presented to U2's Adam Clayton, the four piece group's bassist and co-songwriter. This was U2's fourth studio album, released on Oct. 1, 1984. It was quickly certified Gold on Dec. 3, 1984 for 500,000 sold.
"Pride (In The Name Of Love)" and "Bad" became hit singles off the album, which went to #1 in the U.K. and several other world charts and #12 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart. By 1995 the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the 1981-85 "strip plate" era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with a few very minor scratches on frame and plexiglas
- First presentation award from 1984
- Most collectible presentation: To group member Adam Clayton
- All components seem to be original and intact, including backing paper with original manufacturer's label
- Known as a strip plate award because the presentation plate, RIAA logo and album miniature are on one metal strip, made from 1981-1985
- Award measures approx. 17.5" x 21.5"
- Beautiful and very rare collectors item
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- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description:
This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award presented to U2 member Adam Clayton. Artist presentations are the most desirable for collectors. It would have been manufactured in 1984 and is a "strip plate" award (which were only made from 1981-85), making it 35 years old.
The award has all original components including an original backing paper with manufacturer's label--California Gold Record Co., an official RIAA manufacturer albeit for only a few years in the mid-80s. The award is in Very Good to Excellent condition, with only a very few minor mars on the frame and plexiglas.
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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 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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.