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.


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Admiral came to grief four years later

10 May 2021

After a long and illustrious naval career, it is a pity that Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell is best known for the circumstances of his death.

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Onwards, upwards and new frontiers

10 May 2021

Forum Auctions’ Rupert Powell celebrates the easing of lockdown – and the firm’s fifth anniversary

Books and works on paper: Sale with something for everyone

03 May 2021

London auction offered wide array including famous Federalist American collection of essays

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Riddle of the jacket on Childers’ work

12 April 2021

Lack of a dust jacket is not always crucial to a high price, as Erskine Childers’ much-loved The Riddle of the Sands of 1903 shows.

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Banksy mania: Why the artist's screenprints are flashing up on investor’s dashboards

29 March 2021

Famous for the sort of graffiti that morphs into street art and critical acclaim, Banksy is now bringing in big money in the form of screenprints

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Rat packs sale punch in several versions

29 March 2021

A number of Banksy’s earlier prints from the early 2000s feature the subject of a rat.

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Thomas Hardy under review

08 March 2021

One 1870s Thomas Hardy work that was hated by the Spectator magazine critic, the other hailed

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New hires at Forum Auctions and across salerooms in the Americas

16 February 2021

An update on the latest appointments within the art and antiques industry in the UK and overseas.

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Three new faces join Forum as firm builds on record year

15 February 2021

Few auction houses have expanded their roster of full-time staff over the past 12 months but one of those bucking the trend is Forum Auctions.

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Miniature powers up to £1.2m

15 February 2021

Work produced in Brussels in the 1530s by a master of illumination soars way over estimate in Sotheby's London auction

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Bidders savour Edmund Spenser works in beautiful bindings

08 February 2021

Two beautifully illustrated, illuminated and finely bound manuscripts offered at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) featured the works of Edmund Spenser.

Banksy's Morons screenprint

Only Banksy would do this in the saleroom

01 February 2021

A print by street artist Banksy (b.1974) called Morons, depicting an art auction featuring the former Christie’s boss Charles Hindlip, has been sold by a member of his family.

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All steamed up for a rail treat

25 January 2021

Dealership offers items from the excellent Sir William McAlpine collection at Forum Auctions

Banksy Morons print

Banksy print once owned by the former Christie’s auctioneer who is depicted in it comes for sale at Forum

23 January 2021

A print by street artist Banksy (b.1974) called Morons depicting an art auction is coming for sale at Forum.

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Books and works on paper: Rugby School gives auction a try

11 January 2021

Controversial school sale of library books and manuscripts includes an Irish/Latin surprise

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Pick of the week: Rev Gilpin champions the Romantic ideal

30 November 2020

The artist, cleric, schoolmaster and author William Gilpin (1724-1804) is best known as a champion of the Romantic idea of the picturesque.

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Forum at the double

02 November 2020

Highlights from wide-ranging auctions held on consecutive days

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Copy of ‘the earliest obtainable map printed in Arabic’ reaches 15-times estimate at Forum Auctions

19 October 2020

The atlas 'Ay majmu’ kharitat rasm al-ard…,' published by the Church Missionary Society Press in Valetta, is today considered the earliest obtainable atlas printed in Arabic.

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Bradshaw off the mark as a mapmaker

19 October 2020

Before railway mania came canal mania – key to the Industrial Revolution. This 1830 second edition copy of George Bradshaw’s 'Map of Canals, Navigable Rivers, Rail Road &c. in the Midland Counties of England from Actual Survey' sold for £500 (estimate £200-300) at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on October 8.

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Market for authenticated Banksy screenprints flexes its muscles at specialist London sale

21 September 2020

Interest from overseas bidders appears to be lifting the market for Banksy (b.1974) prints to a higher level.

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