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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Pullman’s first haunt

18 October 2021

Bid to £2400, a signed and inscribed copy of Philip Pullman’s nowadays scarce first novel, The Haunted Storm of 1971, was an unexpectedly successful lot in an online modern literature auction held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on August 5.

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A taste for travel from the Fox Pointe Manor Library

11 October 2021

Housed in his home – Fox Pointe Manor in Anaheim, southern California – the rare book collection of radiologist Howard Knohl and his interior designer wife Linda reached more than 80,000 volumes.

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Book of Hours from c.1390

11 October 2021

This illuminated initial comes from a late 14th century Book of Hours that carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000 at Forum Auctions on November 25.

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Take five for Forum anniversary

27 September 2021

Now well-established London auction house marks landmark with a wide-ranging sale

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Saleroom with a view on Forster

13 September 2021

Author’s works were well represented in London auction that included a £24,000 surprise

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Illustrated works, early printed books and a stand-alone picture make for an eclectic mix in London sale

19 July 2021

Among the earlier printed books, Bibles played their part in a wide-ranging auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium), and none so financially well as a fine, clean example of Robert Estienne’s Greek text Bible of 1550.

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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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