Morrissey Signs One Copy of ‘Autobiography’ to Benefit PETA
By Scott T. Sterling
Morrissey fans around the world have rushed to get their hot little hands on copies of the singer’s recently published Autobiography, with the demand so high that it received an American pressing (albeit with all references to his gay relationship with photographer Jake Owen edited out of it) after initially being a European-only release.
Getting a signed copy of the book, however, has been a much tougher task. Fans in Sweden were treated to Europe’s only Autobiography book signing event, with over 500 fans from around the world lining up (some for more than 30 hours) for the author to pen his signature in a copy.
After a rumored New York book signing turned up to be indeed just a rumor, Morrissey has now signed a single copy of Autobiography to be auctioned off on ebay, with all of the proceeds going directly to the animal rights organization, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
A posting to PETA’s blog lauds Morrissey’s ongoing efforts to combat animal abuse as “legendary,” citing how the singer “has teamed up with PETA to encourage people to adopt healthy and compassionate plant-based diets and always to have their companion animals spayed or neutered. He has even joined PETA’s fight to pressure department store Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras.”
Fans are directed to this ebay posting to place bids on the signed book, with the highest bid at press time being 155 British Pounds Sterling, which works out to $262.60 in American dollars. Bidding lasts for another nine days or so, and the winning bid will likely be much higher.