Leonard Cohen Signs On ________
Leonard Cohen has been a gracious signer of autographs, even in cases in which it was readily apparent his signature was requested in order to create a marketable commodity to retail on eBay.
For the most part, those soliciting his autograph have asked that he sign a Leonard Cohen concert program or ticket, one of the novels or poetry books he has written, CDs, DVDs, or vinyl records of his music, posters featuring him, his drawings, the occasional wall (see image beow), random scraps of paper, and other predictable surfaces.1
A subcategory of professional autograph solicitors-sellers focus on obtaining and putting up for sale Cohen’s signature on various guitars, pickguards, and microphones. I have been told that several autograph seekers have asked the Canadian singer-songwriter to sign various denominations of currency (the American $20 bill seems to be featured in the majority of these anecdotes).2
Mel’s New York License Tag, Judy’s Pink iPhone Case, Roscoe’s Hat, & The Montreal Mollusk
Triggering the quest for atypical objects signed by Leonard Cohen was the confluence of Melanie Joss’s requited request for Leonard Cohen to autograph her license plate (pictured atop this post), as reported in Leonard Cohen, Mel, Tom, LNRDCOHN, & The Bolo Tie Slide, and my spontaneous discovery of Judy Green’s iPhone case (pictured below) bearing Leonard Cohen’s signature.
Then, I recalled that Roscoe Beck had a fedora with Leonard Cohen’s signature on the inside. [Update: Article and photo of that autographed headgear – Playing with Cohen by Brad Buchholz, Austin American-Statesman. March 31, 2009 – no longer online]
A Montreal restaurant displays Leonard’s signature on the half-shell (see Discovery Of Leonard Cohen Oyster Shell Manuscript Triggers Schism Among Cohentologists)
And, Of Course, There Was The Heartfelt Autograph
What Else Has Leonard Cohen Signed?
I dunno. Has Leonard signed, perhaps a toaster, a MacBook Pro, a pillowcase, undergarments, a menu, a photo of Kris Kristofferson, a hockey stick, a group shot of his lookalikes (e.g., Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Diamond, et al) … ?
Readers aware of such oddities are urged to contact DrHGuy with details.
Credit Due Department:
The photo of Melanie Joss’s license tag is contributed by Melanie and Tom Joss. The shot of Judy Green’s iPhone case was taken and offered by Judy Green.
Note: Originally posted Jan 22, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- By the way, is there a name for the object on which an autograph is written? Doesn’t it seem as though there should be a word for this? [↩]
- These individuals were, no doubt, among those slackers who never heeded their fourth grade teacher’s repeated admonitions to always have paper and a pen or pencil on hand. [↩]