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Yes Fragile RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold LP award for Yes album Fragile. Released as the group's fourth studio album on Nov. 26, 1971, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Mar. 10, 1972 for 500,000 copies sold.

The album drew attention once single "Roundabout" started being played on rock radio. An edited version of the track hit #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #4 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and #7 on the UK Albums tally. By 1998 the album has been certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAASee image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award 
  • In Good to VG condition
  • Award made sometime from 1990-97
  • Presentation to radio industry personality and executive
  • All original with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a RIAA "R hologram" award, they were produced 1990-97
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Yes fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold LP award that would have been manufactured sometime between 1990 and 1997, likely the earlier part of that range based on the style of Ill Eagle sticker on its' back. That makes this award in the range of 30 years old. The album was certified Gold in 1972, but remained at the Gold certification level until it finally was certified Platinum and 2x Multi-Platinum on the same date in 1998. Thus the award is a later presentation Gold award. It is presented to radio industry personality and executive Bob Buchmann. 

It is in Good to VG condition with some mars on the frame and a small hole in the bottom rail of the frame where it had been attached to a wall (see image). It has its original back with Ill Eagle manufacturer sticker. Security mounting hardware has also been added on its back.

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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. 

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com