The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Released in 1961 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, Blue Hawaii topped the charts at number one, where it remained for 20 weeks, selling over two million copies in the first year to become Elvis’ biggest selling album during his lifetime. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 21, 1961, and then certified Platinum and 2X Multi-Platinum on March 27, 1992. Reaching million-selling status so quickly enabled the offered original white linen matte RIAA gold record award to be issued to Elvis the same year of the album’s release in 1961. Gold discs were awarded by RIAA for album sales in excess of one million dollars from 1958 to 1974. This framed award displays a plaque, next to a small image of the album cover and mounted beneath the gold record, that reads “Presented to ELVIS PRESLEY to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars worth of the RCA RECORDS long-playing record album ‘BLUE HAWAII,’” all set against a white linen matte background. While the RIAA did certify the song in 1958, is currently understood that these white linen versions of the awards were first used in 1964. The immediate success of this soundtrack album set the stage for Elvis’ musical career to focus on his films for the next decade, as Elvis became a Hollywood legend. The framed award measures 21 1/2 by 17 1/2 inches (54.61 x 44.45 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award shows only minor distresses to the frame and several small areas of staining to the matte areas. Excellent to Mint condition.
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presley’s 1961 Soundtrack LP <em>Blue Hawaii</em> – Certified in 1961 - Early White Linen Matte Style
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $15,000.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 32
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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