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.

Forum Auctions

New and old homes for growing Battersea and Devon salerooms

21 February 2022

Forum Auctions has moved across the road from its existing premises to a dedicated saleroom while Chilcotts in Devon has also been on the move.

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

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Forum unveils its first dedicated NFT auction

17 January 2022

Forum Auctions will become the first UK regional auction house to hold an NFT sale.


Story told of fables over the ages

17 January 2022

Original French text, translated by Caxton, then illustrated by 1930s engravings


Forum and Dreweatts to create new powerhouse

13 December 2021

Gurr Johns acquires London works on paper specialist in auction market shake-up.


Head of Joaquin and Jack’s three fingers

13 December 2021

A live online October 28 sale held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) attracted a much higher than expected bid for this small and rather browned poster promising that, for one day only, visitors to The ‘Stockton House’ could view not only the preserved head of the renowned bandit Joaquin, but ‘the hand of Three Fingered Jack!’


Third slice of Foxe Pointe Manor library up for auction

13 December 2021

A third selection of 16th and 17th century English books from Fox Pointe Manor was offered by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on October 21.

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Gurr Johns to buy Forum Auctions

09 December 2021

Art consultancy and valuation firm Gurr Johns has bought books and prints specialist Forum Auctions in an all-share deal.


Is there anything he didn’t do?

22 November 2021

Library on offer at Forum auction in London was based on works collected by a man whose roles ranged from alchemist to diplomat


Forum gets its skates on for climate conference

08 November 2021

While COP26 has been in full swing in Glasgow, Forum Auctions has been fronting a charity sale highlighting environmental issues including climate change.


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.


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.


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.


Take five for Forum anniversary

27 September 2021

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


Saleroom with a view on Forster

13 September 2021

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


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.


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.


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


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.