‘It was an error in judgement’: Bob Dylan apologizes for using machine to autograph ‘hand-signed’ books blaming ‘dizziness and pandemic’
Bob Dylan has apologized for using a machine to autograph ‘hand-signed’ books, blaming ‘vertigo and pestilence’ for his decision to do so.
Calling it an ‘error in judgement’, Bob, 81, issued a public statement to his fans as he ‘hand-signed’ the book, titled The Philosophy of Modern Song.
book was released in November with a limited run of 900 ‘hand-signed’ editions, which sold for £599/$599. CThe publisher came with a letter of authenticity from Simon & Schuster.
‘It was an error in judgement’: Bob Dylan apologizes for using machine to autograph ‘hand-signed’ books, alleges ‘circumstance and pandemonium’
It all came to light after the fans Shared photographs of his books online – and realized they had similar signatures.
Bob said in a statement on social media: ‘To my fans and followers,
‘I have been made aware that there is some controversy regarding some of my recent artwork prints and a limited-edition autograph of Philosophy of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed every art print over the years, and never had a problem.
look familiar? It all came to light when fans shared photos of his books online – and realized they had identical signatures
‘However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued through the pandemic years. It takes a crew of five people working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we couldn’t find a safe and practical way to accomplish what I needed to do during the virus outbreak .
‘So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and Vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me with the assurance that this sort of thing is done “all the time” in the art and literary world.
‘Using the machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately.’ I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to make this happen. With my deepest regrets, Bob Dylan.’
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Simon & Schuster initially refused refund requests, assuring buyers that the signatures were valid and validated by ‘letters of authenticity’.
But he has since apologized and offered refunds to unsatisfied buyers.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘As it turns out, the limited edition books feature Bob’s original signature, but in the form of a handwritten facsimile.’
Now, the validity of Dylan’s signatures on his artworks – which can retail for more than £12,000 (US$14,500) – has been questioned.
‘We’re addressing this immediately’: Simon & Schuster initially refused refund requests, assured buyers the signatures were valid and validated by ‘letters of authenticity’ but has now backtracked
Castle Fine Art, a UK art retailer selling prints of Dylan’s paintings, said they were ‘completely unaware of the use of the Autopen’.
Only two collections were affected, both due to be released in 2022, it said in a statement, writing: ‘All other editions were personally signed by Bob Dylan.’
Full refunds will be offered to buyers who possess machine-signed prints.
The Autopen was first patented in the USA in 1803. This allowed a machine to replicate a person’s signature.
Former President Barack Obama was the first to use one to sign a bill into law; And the device is said to be common in the world of art and literature.
UK art retailer Castle Fine Art, which sold prints of Dylan’s paintings, said they were ‘completely unaware of the use of the Autopen’.