Originally published in the UK and Europe in October on paperback, controversially bearing the "Penguin Classics" banner, then released on hardcover in the U.S. and re-released as a special hardcover, full-color edition in the UK earlier this month, Autobiography has gone on to smash sales records for a music memoir.
The former Smiths frontman held just one book signing, in Gothenburg, Sweden, upon Autobiography's initial European release. Since the memoir was only available in paperback at that time, the special edition version just auctioned marks the only signed hardcover copy currently in existence.
Autographed copy of 'Autobiography' Morrissey donated for auction.
Following a rocky year, plagued by tour cancelations and illness, Morrissey recently stepped out to perform in public for the first time in nine months, at a Nobel Peace Prize event in Oslo, Norway. Though no 2014 plans have been revealed, the singer has an album's worth of material recorded, but is currently unsigned, so tour dates and record release announcements in the near future would not be unexpected.