Forum Auctions

Forum Auctions are a London auction house specialising in antiquarian books, manuscripts, works on paper, prints and modern & contemporary art. They were launched in 2016 with Stephan Ludwig serving as chief executive officer.


Small form recognises Lovelace the education pioneer

24 June 2024

Ada Augusta Lovelace (1815-52), the only daughter of Lord Byron, is today justly celebrated as a mathematician and computer pioneer.


Women make their voices heard in early documents

17 June 2024

Two early documents featuring female authors are among the highlights in a wide-ranging sale selection

Vicki Wonfor

New boss for auction firms Dreweatts and Forum Auctions

15 May 2024

The parent company of auction houses Dreweatts and Forum Auctions has appointed a new chief executive.


Sponsor’s message: It’s a wonderful world

13 May 2024

Rupert Powell of Forum Auctions reflects on a busy year in the ‘stage-play’ of rare books


Colour plate books: Around the world with Norman Bobins

13 May 2024

ATG takes a whistlestop tour of the globe via the greatest recent collection of colour plate travel and costume books


Uncle Sam joins the world as influential timeline gets an update

29 April 2024

'A New Chart of History' by the British chemist and natural philosopher Joseph Priestley is considered one of the most influential timelines published in the 18th century.


More from the Bobins collection: Danube danger overcome by the intrepid Ludwig

15 April 2024

Leading Forum’s (30/24/14.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) March 27 auction of more books from the remarkable library of Norman Bobins was a complete copy of a German work following the course of the Danube from its source to the Black Sea.


Original Alastair illustration for Oscar Wilde edition soars above estimate

04 March 2024

The aristocratic German artist, composer, dancer, mime, poet, singer and translator Hans Henning Otto Harry Baron von Voigt (1887-1969) is best known by his pen name. From 1914 he went simply by the pseudonym Alastair.


Slave trader who repented his sins tells his own story

12 February 2024

John Newton (1725-1807) is today perhaps best remembered as the writer of the hymn Amazing Grace. However, before his religious conversion he spent his early life as a slave trader.


Charity gifts that keep on giving when sold at auction

22 January 2024

Spotlight on a couple of shop donations that both ended up making £20,000 hammer prices


Health tips from the Middle Ages: Ibn Butlan’s Tacuini sanitatis

15 January 2024

First printing of a guide first written in the 11th century achieves second-highest auction price


Chess collecting: now it’s your move

27 November 2023

How much would you spend on an antique or vintage chess set? Here are three examples from different periods that sold across a wide range of prices.


More travels courtesy of Bobins

06 November 2023

German artists take many of the top spots as another colourful selection comes to the saleroom


Banksy reimagines Warhol with value branding

02 October 2023

'Only Banksy' was the title of a 24-lot offering at Forum Auctions (30/24/15% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in London.


The young guard of the book trade

11 September 2023

While the rare book trade is steadily becoming more diverse, challenges still exist, as four newer members of the Forum Auctions team in London tell ATG


Rare Canadiana in Sussex… and another Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Estimated at £300-500, a group of five hand-coloured prints of early 19th century Canada sold for £8500 at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.


Henry James refugee work is rare sale visitor on vellum

21 August 2023

Refugees in Chelsea was written by Henry James (1843-1916) to help the local Chelsea Committee to raise funds in the US to start an industry for crippled Belgian soldiers.


Nelson launches Emma defence

12 June 2023

Annotation of 1803-04 work included in a single collection features remark about his mistress


Edward Bawden: Printmaker at the cutting edge

08 May 2023

A lively market has emerged for the linocuts of Great Bardfield artist Edward Bawden


Sponsor’s message: Some peace and stability

08 May 2023

Despite volatility in so many markets, the rare book world continues to offer a calm respite, as Rupert Powell of Forum Auctions writes