Some users have uncovered potential autopen use within Bob Dylan's expensive art prints. Please check your prints if you own one and post a picture on this thread if you have any concerns.
here is a link to one of his art prints in question
*UPDATE - Let this be a warning to ALL publishers and celebrities in the future. We are sick and tired of these autopen releases. Our community has had enough and absolutely will not stand for this practice to continue any longer!!!
I want to point out that Coles Books needs to be commended. They made sure to look out for their customers and refused to ship these out if they came from the same S&S stock, which they did. It was also an easy process to cancel orders beforehand if you wished. Coles. on behalf of everyone, I want to thank you for having integrity and watching out for all of us.
I can NOT say the same about Premiere Collectibles. They refused to honor cancelation requests until it was known these books were in fact autopenned. They advertise themselves claiming they are collectors themselves. This is not true. They are a retailer first and only care about your money. There have been other autopen incidents where they absolutely refused to accept blame, stating items were real when they were clearly deemed autopen by the community. Be careful with future purchases with Premiere Collectibles.
This email came directly from Jonathan Karp at Simon and Schuster. If anyone still wishes to send him a message, here is his email address as well.
We apologize for the mistake that was made and are offering a full refund of your purchase. Please keep your copy of The Philosophy of Modern Song at no cost. We hope you will enjoy reading it.
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I am creating this thread as a comprehensive all in 1 link for returns, refunds, chargebacks and claims made regarding the "signed" edition of Bob Dylan - The Philosophy Of Modern Song. Please use this link to email Simon & Schuster, Coles, and Premiere Collectables as 100% proof these were signed using an autopen machine.
I would like to say right off the bat, Coles Books in the UK is handling this professionally and seem to care deeply about their customer base. They have stated that, once they are in hand, If they find evidence of them being autopenned, they will cancel all orders.. Kudos to Coles.. I wish all retailers would follow their lead. If you wish to cancel your order with them immediately instead of waiting, It seems to be an easy process.
This post will be continuously updated with new information over the next few days
Please refer to this article for the time being until more information is added
Here is the post I created a few weeks ago with info regarding the Indigo incident.
So far, there have been a total of 17 confirmed different templates for the autopen machine used for Bob Dylans signature. I am in the process of creating video comparisons for all 17 sets. Please post full page photos of your item as they are delivered to aid in this process
Here are all 17 templates used by Bob Dylan - I am still looking for full page photos for numbers 8,13 and 15 thru 17 but its still best to post whatever you receive
Be aware when checking against your own copy, it has come to light that they are possibly using 1st and last names interchangeably. Bob in #2 matches perfectly with Bob in #13 while Dylan in both are different
14th variation confirmed
16th variation - Seems to be almost an exact combination of #11 and #13 with a different vertical line in his "D"
Video and photo comparisons created so far
Video of set 1 Dylan1.mp4 - Photo of set 1 Dylan1.JPG
Video of set 2 Dylan2.mp4 - Photo of set 2 Dylan2.JPG
Video of set 3 Dylan3.mp4 - Photo of set 3 Dylan3.JPG
Video of set 4 Dylan4.mp4 - Photo of set 4 Dylan4.JPG
Video of set 5 Dylan5.mp4 - Photo of set 5 Dylan5.JPG
Video of set 6 Dylan6.mp4 - Photo of set 6 Dylan6.JPG
Video of set 7 Dylan7.mp4 - Photo of set 7 Dylan7.JPG
Video of set 9 Dylan9.mp4 - Photo of set 9 Dylan9.JPG
Video of set 10 Dylan10.mp4 - Photo of set 10 Dylan10.JPG
Video of set 11 Dylan11.mp4 - Photo of set 11 Dylan11.JPG
Video of set 12 Dylan12.mp4 - Photo of set 12 Dylan12.JPG
Video of set 14 Dylan14.mp4 - Photo of set 14 Dylan14.JPG
Here are the COAs stating these books were in fact hand-signed
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Jonathan Karp US - CEO of Simon & Schuster
Duane Ward of Premiere Collectables
firstname.lastname@example.org - Others have tried email@example.com
Suzanne Baboneau, Managing Director
Ian Chapman, UK - CEO
275 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue Of The Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
550 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Manatt Phelps & Phillips
11355 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Bob Dylan's Twitter
Tweet or privatly message Bob on his verified Twitter account.
Bob Dylan's Facebook
Post or message Bob on his verified Facebook.
I also found this email associated with Bob Dylans store. Its worth a try
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Dolly Parton is also guilty of using multiple autopens in the same fashion with multiple templates over the years but with a slight twist where they manipulate the page as the autopen machine writes her signature. If we are looking to stop all future attempts at autopen usage, she needs to be held accountable just as much as Bob Dylan and S&S. Link to threads below
Here is a great example provided by Eric Keith Longo
Dolly Parton Autopen Example.jpg
they’re not lying to you and neither is the Dylan camp on this one. He used to sign with his left hand around 1986. He hasn’t done that in years. A friend of mine had a left handed signature.
But it’s true. He signs in Santa Monica. I told you he did one in January as well. Ask castle what set of prints he signed around January 2020. Supposedly it was train tracks. But that’s close to the sale date so maybe it was something else.
Bob isn’t signing his art prints with his left hand. His left hand sig is sloppy as hell.
Is interesting additional info, not unsurprising really and I can Imagine any creative people like Bob would easily get bored so will look for ways to make the process less tedious or boring as they can? Maybe he will start to sign some with his feet?
Hey Eugene, just wanted to say thank you for your efforts, and contribution to this thread.
Right, appreciate your continued efforts and updates.
Thanks guys, hopefully the info and additional detail is helpful for everyone as in principle will be generic and the same across all the artwork sold by Castle and not just the two Mondo’s I have.
People should remember that the only reason autopen was found in Bob Dylan's artwork was because Bob and "his team" were caught trying to defraud over a thousand people involving close to a million dollars in fraudulent books. There was no "Come to Jesus" moment for Bob Dylan, his team, or Castle Fine Art. It wasn't a bad conscious, sympathy for people they stole from and lied to, or any other excuse. They simply couldn't deny the mountain of evidence that had accrued through the very hard work of several individuals on this forum. This fraud ran for years, and for millions of dollars stolen from people, and would still be happening if not for the recently exposed fraud. Why would anyone, believe anything, any of these people say now without 100% irrefutable proof? As another member put it, those who now believe them, suffer from Retail Stockholm Syndrome.
so I guess the 900 or so of us who bought it arent going to get real ones from Bob. The refund is the end of the story
Guy I know has a print from 2019 and got this message from Castle Fine Arts when he questioned the signature:
Under The Bridge (Beaten Path 2019)
The whole edition Signed by Bob Dylan between January 28, 2019 and February 8, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.
Signed in the presence of Jeff Rosen (Black Buffalo Artworks), Esther Light (printmaker), Galia Gev (art handler), Callie Gladman (Black Buffalo Artworks).
Delivered to Castle Galleries in Birmingham, UK in March 2019.
Released for sale by Castle Galleries during May 2019.
Please note that the time windows for the signing process relate to the fact that not all prints would be signed by Mr Dylan in one sitting on the same day, but this would often take place over several days or weeks depending his schedule, that of those in attendance and the number of prints to be signed.
I trust the information provided sufficiently responds to your requests for further information and satisfies your concerns and I hope you can now fully enjoy the great Dylan art you own.
That signature looks authentic to me. The thickness of the lines vary. An autopen cannot vary the thickness of the lines, from my understanding.....
Agree. Lots of tapers at the ends of letters.
I agree. That’s one beautiful signature!
Here is something from your discussion group. This is clearly autopen. The thickness of the lines does not vary.14%20possibly.jpg
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