Bob Dylan has made a rare public statement to apologize for selling books advertised as “hand-signed” when they actually contained digital autographs.
Recently it became known that the signatures in copies of the singer’s book, The philosophy of modern song, were actually made with an autopen – a machine used to store digital copies of signatures.
Copies, priced at $599 (£420) each, were sold to fans, with the publisher including certificates of authenticity with every order.
Doubts were raised after buyers began comparing the exact likeness of the signatures on their copies.
When originally questioned, the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, had declined the requested refunds, stating that the books were indeed autographed.
However, on November 20, the publisher admitted that the copies contained digital copies of signatures and apologized for the mistake.
Simon & Schuster has since offered refunds to all customers who bought the copies.
Dylan has now repeated this statement in a post on his Facebook page, calling the sales a “misjudgment” and blaming a case of fraud as the reason for the digital signatures.
“I have hand signed every single art print over the years and there has never been a problem,” he wrote on Friday (November 25).
“However, I had a bad vertigo in 2019 that continued into the pandemic years,” he explained.
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“It takes a crew of five working closely with me to make these autograph sessions possible and we could not find a safe and practical way to do what I needed to do while the virus was raging.”
“So during the pandemic it was impossible to sign anything and the dizziness didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was pitched to me, along with assurances that such a thing would be done “always” in the art and literature world,” he continued.
“The use of a machine was a misjudgment and I would like to correct that immediately. For this I work together with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners.”
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