During his storied 57-year career in the music business as a record promoter, Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Al Green, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. He also played a big role in developing the recording careers of Kiss, Donna Summer, Cher, Village People and the comedian Robin Williams.
All these artists and dozens more created mega hits, earning the artists and record executives the industry’s highest honors: Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records. Due to his desire to downsize, the 77-year-old Interland is selling most of his personal collection.
“When the RIAA first instituted the award program, a gold record — indicating 500,000 units sold — was the only one given,” notes Billboard. “Platinum awards for sales of 1,000,000 units were instituted in 1976. A record label will typically order 20 copies of a gold or platinum for artists and executives, though some artists might request hundreds for friends, families, and even fans. Collectors pay from a few hundred dollars for lesser hits to more than $10,000 for the Beatles.
The auction ends on May 5.