The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Colonel Parker called it the “first entertainment special to be broadcast live around the world.” Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” concert was broadcast via satellite on January 14, 1973 from the Honolulu International Center, and it’s believed that over 1 billion fans viewed the concert worldwide. Fans from around the globe watched as the singing phenomenon took the stage and said “Aloha” to the world. The famed concert aired via satellite in over 40 countries in Europe and Asia (airing at a later date in the U.S.) and was the most expensive entertainment special of its time, costing approximately $2.5 million to produce. Shortly after this special aired, RCA released a double album of this celebrated concert that contained 30 songs and was an immediate, massive hit, as Elvis sang every song with the passion and energy only the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll could produce. The album, released in February 1973, reached number one on the Billboard charts and was only the second two-disc set of Elvis’ career. The album was certified Gold on February 13, 1973, Platinum and 2x Platinum on May 20, 1988, 3x Platinum on July 15, 1999 and 5x Platinum on August 1, 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Reaching million-selling status so quickly enabled the offered original white linen matte RIAA Gold record award to be issued the same year of the album’s release in 1973. 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 ‘ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE’,” all set against a white linen matte background. The reverse bears the framing label from New York Frame & Picture Co. on 29 John Street in New York. The album dominated the charts and sold half a million copies in only four weeks. 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 presents with several minor scuffs and scratches to the frame, with some minor loss of finish. The linen background is discolored near the lower left edge of the gold record. Excellent to Mint condition.
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presley’s 1973 Soundtrack LP <em>Aloha from Hawaii</em> – Certified in 1973 - White Linen Matte Style
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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