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Bob Dylan Apologizes for Using an Autopen to Sign Books

Bob Dylan Apologizes for Using an Autopen to Sign Books
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Bob Dylan apologizes for utilizing an autopen to signal high-priced paintings and books, a few of which offered for greater than $17,000.

In a uncommon public assertion, Bob Dylan admitted that he regrets an “error in judgment” in utilizing autopen know-how to signal paintings and books marketed and offered as hand-signed since 2019. Dylan says utilizing the automated signatures solely occurred over the previous three years since he was troubled with vertigo after which via the pandemic when he couldn’t have employees help him with the hand-signing he had beforehand finished.

“To my followers and followers, I’ve been made conscious that there’s some controversy about signatures on a few of my latest paintings prints and on a restricted version of ‘Philosophy of Fashionable Tune.’ I’ve hand-signed every artwork print through the years, and there’s by no means been an issue,” begins Dylan’s assertion, revealed on his Fb account.

“Nonetheless, in 2019, I had a foul case of vertigo, and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of 5 working in shut quarters with me to assist allow these signing classes, and we couldn’t discover a secure and workable solution to full what I wanted to do whereas the virus was raging. So, throughout the pandemic, it was unattainable to signal something, and the vertigo didn’t assist. With contractual deadlines looming, the thought of utilizing an auto-pen was prompt to me, together with the reassurance that this type of factor is finished ‘on a regular basis’ within the artwork and literary worlds.”

“Utilizing a machine was an error in judgment, and I wish to rectify it instantly. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery companions to do exactly that,” concludes Dylan’s assertion.

Whereas it’s unknown whether or not refunds will likely be issued or hand-signed replacements offered, prospects who purchased the $600 restricted version of Dylan’s new ebook, “Philosophy of Fashionable Tune,” had been instantly provided refunds final week. That batch of autographed copies of the ebook was machine-signed whereas offered below the pretense of being hand-signed. 

The UK-based Fort Galleries, which has specialised in promoting Dylan artwork prints, issued an announcement over the weekend saying it was “reaching out” to collectors who bought prints from any pertinent editions to “provide an answer to totally rectify the matter.” Presumably, different galleries will observe swimsuit with an announcement forthcoming — notably as most of the artworks in query offered for greater than $17,000.