Bob Dylan apologises for selling machine-signed art and books

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Bob Dylan apologises for selling machine-signed art and books
Bob Dylan has apologised for selling machine-signed art and books.

Last week, the legendary singer-songwriter hit headlines when bosses at publisher Simon & Schuster confirmed that “hand-signed” copies of his book The Philosophy of Modern Song actually had signatures in “in penned replica form”.

The limited-edition tome was priced at $US600 (£505).

In addition, it emerged that some of his recent artwork prints also had machine-signed signatures.

Following the news, Dylan issued a statement via Facebook on Saturday in which he apologised for his “error in judgment”.

“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,” the 81-year-old wrote.

“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.”

Dylan went on to insist he is working with the team at Simon & Schuster and his gallery partners to find a solution.

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