julien's 2018 AUCTIONS
brazil series prestel BOB DYLAN'S ARTWORKS
bob's room EXHIBITIONS
renaldo and clara france FILMS
Tarantula bantam promo FLYERS AND PROMOS
bob dylan  merkheft sales catalogue SALES CATALOGUES
Bob Dylan's Birthday Bash Tribute Show SPECIAL EVENTS
Call me Bob Dylan please theater programme THEATER
bob dylan eye magazine dylan tree poster VARIOUS

 

bob dylan eye magazine dylan tree poster VARIOUS
2019 Planner
80th Birth Anniversary Cards
Anthology Film Archives, 2000
Artist Job Sheets 1965 & 1966
Autopen signature
Banknotes
Beatty Zimmerman's cake recipe
Beer Mats and Coasters
Bob Dylan Birth Certificate (UK)
Bob Dylan Fan Certificate (Japan)
Bob Dylan Tree (Eye poster), 1968
Bob Dylan's New York Revisited
Book cover
Bookmarks
Box Of Vision, USA
Calendars:
        1979 Holland
        1994 Q Rock'n Roll, UK
        1995 UK
        2004 USA
        2009-2011 'Remembered'
        2010 HMV UK
        2012 UK
        2013
        2017   2018   2019
        2020   2021   2022   2023
Cards:
       Birthday
       Greetings
       Phone
       Playing
       Tarot
       Trading
       Starbucks
Cassettes Inlays
Certificates of Insurance
Cigar Bands
Coloring Books
Customs Declaration
Das Bob Dylan Quiz
Diary
Dylan... but not Bob
Hurricane signed words
Jigsaw Puzzles
Jukebox Strips
Landing Cards
Letraset Catalogue
Lyric Quote Print
Matches
Minnesota:
        Duluth Directory 1944
        Hibbing Directories 1950's
        Hibbing High School Yearbooks         Tangled Up In Ore 2008
No Direction Home artwork proofs
Non-existing Items:
        Catherine Jackson's Designs
        Discografíca mock up
        Dylan Morning News (The)
        Imaginary books & mags
        Photography of Don Hunstein
Notebooks
Restaurants
Rolling Stone 1969 reprint
Rotterdam 1978 Introduction
SNAP Galleries Letterpress
Songy Boba Dylana
Stamps:
        Official and Illegal
        Fantasy
Stickers
Street Legal legal file of lyrics
Tony Glover interview transcripts
Tour Itineraries
Trevor Wright's lithos, USA
Twelve Tribes booklets
UK 1965 Photo Sleeve
Wanted Man
Wikipedia "books"

 

AUTOPEN SIGNATURE

   When THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG was published on November 2022 1st, the publisher Simon & Schuster offered for $599 an “Exclusive Edition Signed by Bob Dylan” on its website, coming with an authenticity letter.
   But soon, by comparing their 'signed' copy on online forums, collectors raised suspicions that the books were not signed by Bob Dylan at all, but by autopen, or signing machine, a device that can replicate signatures with few differences, as if they were signed by an human hand.
  Of course that reduced in huge proportions the value of the items.
  Under the pressure, Simon & Schuster apologized, stopped the selling of the Exclusive Edition and refunded the buyers, even telling them to keep the book.
  How such a serious publisher went into what can be called a mistake, a blunder or a swindle is incomprehensible.

  On November 26th Bob Dylan reacted on Facebook:
  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,
   Best wishes,
   Bob Dylan


Here are the 17 variations used for Bob Dylan's signature, as noted by Jason H on the Autograph forum: [1122]

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Simon & Schuster authenticity letter


Below is the "authenticity letter" that came with the books, signed (by autopen?) by Jonathan Karp, President of Simon & Schuster:

Simon & Schuster authenticity letter

  

 

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