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Van Halen debut RIAA Platinum LP Award

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RIAA Platinum LP award for Van Halen's eponymous debut album, which was released on February 10, 1978. This album started it all for the four piece California rock band that in many ways defined 80s rock. It launched the careers of guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen and flamboyant front man David Lee Roth, along with Eddie's drummer brother Alex and stalwart bassist and stellar background vocalist Michael Anthony.

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on October 10, 1978 for 1 million copies sold. It featured fan favorites "Runnin' With The Devil", "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love", "You Really Got Me", a heavy reworking of the Kinks classic, and Eddie showcase "Eruption." The album only rose to #19 on Billboard's pop album chart in the U.S. but was clearly a hit among fans. By mid-1996 the album was certified 10x million in sales for Diamond Award status. See image above for more RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the era: Platinum frame, platinum disc and platinum info plate
  • In VG condition with a slightly marred presentation plate and matte, a few typical scratches on frame and plexiglas
  • First presentation award from 1978
  • Presented to well-known music industry photographer
  • Original back with manufacturer's label
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte they were made by New York Frame & Picture Co. from 1975-81
  • RIAA floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
  • Great collectors item for any Van Halen fan
  • 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 in 1978. It is presented to photographer Joel Brodsky, who is probably best known for shooting album cover photos of The Doors, KISS, Rod Stewart and many other major artists. It does not appear that he shot the album cover for VH's debut, but he did much work for Warner Bros. Records.

This award is in VG condition some typical scratches on the frame and plexiglas and some slight mottling of the matte on a couple of the inside corners when viewed closely. When viewed from some angles, the presentation plate has a clouded appearance and the disc is slightly discolored. Overall this award still appears great on a wall, especially considering it is 42 years old.  It has its original back with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer's sticker. Don't miss this hard-to-find award for Van Halen's iconic debut.

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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, record retailers, 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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