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1974 Joni Mitchell Court and Spark Gold Record Award
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
1974 Gold Record award, issued by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to the manager of singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, for her classic album Court and Spark. The award features a gold-colored example of the Court and Spark LP record matted and framed together with small replica of the album cover and a gold colored plaque that reads: "Presented to Elliot Roberts to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars worth of the Asylum Records long-playing record album Court and Spark." Elliot Roberts, who also managed rock icon Neil Young, and later Tracy Chapman, founded Asylum Records with David Geffen (who was the inspiration for "Free Man In Paris," one of the songs on this album). Court and Spark is widely considered to be Joni Mitchell's greatest album and is listed as number 111 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Released in January of 1974, the album eventually climbed to number two on the charts (where it remained for four weeks) and was later voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop critics poll. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joni Mitchell was clearly one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the twentieth century and in 2002 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. The original wood frame has a few extremely minor nicks to the finish; the award is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Dimensions: 17.5 x 21.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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