The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
This framed RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award was “Presented to Elvis Presley to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the RCA Records Long-Playing Record Album ‘Elvis’” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA was created in 1958 to honor artists and certify record sales. Elvis’ second album, recorded in September 1956 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood and released in October 1956, reached number one on the Billboard charts, making Elvis the only artist to have two albums reach number one in the same year. The album was certified gold by RIAA on February 17, 1960, although the offered award was most likely produced in the 1970s based on the style of the framed display. This framed display features a gold-colored record above a gold-colored plaque, both mounted against a black backing with gold-toned frame, and measures 21 by 17 inches (53.34 x 43.18 cm). The framed award is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The award is in excellent condition overall.