Bob Dylan – “Blood on the Tracks” White Matte RIAA Gold Record Award

An original RIAA “white matte” gold record award for Bob Dylan’s 1975 masterpiece Blood on the Tracks; presented to former Columbia Records A&R executive Terry Powell.  White matte awards (made from 1964 – 1975) are the most collectible of all record awards, and very few were made for a particular album.

This award is completely original and unrestored, with its original backing paper and New York Frame Company sticker intact.  Collectors pay a premium for unrestored white matte awards, which are scarce, because of their relative fragility (stained linen, broken glass, and plates or discs that have slid down in the frame often necessitate repair.)  As white mattes are valuable, they are occasionally forged, and sellers often “forget” to disclose restoration.  This completely unrestored example, for a #1 album on the Billboard Charts (#16 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time) is particularly desirable.  The usual wear to the wood frame, some tape on the backing paper (covering up the New York Frame Company sticker) and two minor scratches to the glass.  Rare.  17 3/4″ x 21 3/4″.

 

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