Bob Dylan apologizes for auto-signing limited-edition books that sold for $599



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Bob Dylan apologizes for auto-signing limited-edition books that sold for $599

Bob Dylan was forced to apologize for what he described as "misjudgments" after it emerged that he had used a so-called "autopen" or device to automatically reproduce signatures on a number of copies of his new book, even though they were shown as "hand signed ".

Fans who paid $599 for one of 900 copies of the music legend's new book, "Philosophy of Modern Song," were outraged after they started sharing photos of their copies on forums, and it soon became clear that each copy had an almost identical signature, CNN writes.

So Dylan took to social media on Saturday. He apologized to the fans and explained that he was advised to use the autopen considering that he has been suffering from severe dizziness since 2019, which prevented him from signing books by hand.

Bob Dylan a message to his fans on his Facebook page.

"To my fans and followers, 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.

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 is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.

Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that. With my deepest regrets,
Bob Dylan" He explained that he needed at least five associates to help him sign, and that was impossible at the time when the virus was raging.

He also said that he was pressured by contractual deadlines, and his colleagues advised him to "use a pencil" and assured him that in the world of literature and art, such things are done all the time.