Bob Dylan apologizes for autographs on his books and artworks.
Here’s the story:
Over the last couple of years, Simon & Schuster offered up “signed” copies of Dylan’s book, “The Philosophy of Modern Song” for $600.
Apparently in 2019, Dylan developed vertigo and started using an “autopen” to sign merchandise, books, and other artworks. But, he says he was assured “this kind of thing is done all the time in the art and literary worlds.”
Here’s his statement…”I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited-edition of Philosophy of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years and there’s never been a problem”. “However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging”
He added, “So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and the vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing was done “all the time” in the art and literary worlds”.
Simon & Schuster claimed the signatures were valid with a “letter of authenticity”. However, the company later admitted all 900 copies were done using auto-pen and offered all of their customers full refunds.
Now, the question has now come up… How many of Dylan’s other works, which have sold for thousands of dollars, have been auto-signed?
Do you have any autographs? Do you know if they’re legitimate? Did you see the person sign it? Do you have a “letter of authenticity”? You might want to have them checked.
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