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.


Journals detail journeys all over

16 April 2018

Collection of more than 100 travel accounts is one highlight of a varied London auction.


All you need to know to make a ‘Harty Choke Pie’

09 April 2018

Early recipe books can make for absorbing and, to modern readers, occasionally comic or puzzling reading, as demonstrated in three examples from recent sales.


Let there be Irish lights

09 April 2018

Used to dramatic effect on the cover of the catalogue for a Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale, shown below is one of a collection of around 125 monochrome watercolour drawings of Irish lighthouses and the Irish coastline produced c.1860-67.


In search of Franklin relics

26 February 2018

The many voyages made in search of the lost Franklin expedition feature strongly in another spotlight on polar exploration covering sales in London and New York. The splendid Martin Greene library again provides notable highlights.


Forum now serving the drinks after Stanley Gibbons purchase

12 February 2018

Forum Auctions is expanding into the wine and spirits market with the purchase of the assets of Bid for Wine from Stanley Gibbons.


Forum is venue for wide variety

05 February 2018

Roman and 20th century poetry, science and sarcasm, Arctic printing, Mayan discoveries, cranes and a porcupine, as well as a miniature master of calligraphy all featured in one of the first large London book sales of the year.


Banksy print record set at Forum Auctions in New York

13 December 2017

Forum Auctions’ Banksy sale in New York last night set a new record for a Banksy print. Girl with Balloon (2004) set a record when it sold for a mid-estimate $110,000 (£82,400).

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Forum flies in Banksy artworks for New York auction

05 December 2017

Forum Auctions has temporarily exported a collection of Banksy artworks to the US from the UK for an exhibition ahead of its debut Stateside sale next week.


New editions at Forum Auctions

13 November 2017

Forum Auctions has expanded its modern and contemporary prints and editions department with two new appointments.


Library touched by the hand of Dod

30 October 2017

Edge Hall, near Malpas in Cheshire, has been a home to members of the Dod family since the reign of Henry II, but the library – sold by Forum Auctions (25/20% buyer’s premium) on October 12 – was formed in the 19th century and is typical of country house libraries.


Book sale surprises spring up in the north and south

23 October 2017

Sales held on consecutive days in Edinburgh and London produced two lots that ended up selling for far, far higher than expected sums.


Reach for the stars, take an Irish tour or Potter around

16 October 2017

An example of the extremely rare, “surreptitious” edition of John Flamsteed’s Historia Coelestis… – a star atlas that is one of the great rarities in its field – made a record £43,000 at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on September 27.

Beatrix Potter family links

16 October 2017

Children’s books sold at Forum included a couple of appealing Beatrix Potter items that were first owned by Francis William Clark, who was just two when he was sent a 1912 first of The Tale of Mr Tod.


Colourful life of Jane Austen

28 August 2017

Pictured here is 'Fanny was obliged to introduce him to Mr Crawford’, an ink and watercolour version of an illustration made by Hugh Thomson for an 1897 Macmillan edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.


Playwright shows cricket skills

21 August 2017

Sold for £400 on July 5 by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium), as part of an online sale of cricket books, was one of just 50 specially bound copies of The Catch: A Correspondence by Harold Pinter and Alan Wilkinson.


The Brontë sisters’ struggle to be printed

07 August 2017

Leading a 75-lot Brontë collection sold by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on July 10* was a set of two of the novels written by the sisters in the hugely productive years of 1846-47.


So many results in the pipeline

24 July 2017

An extraordinarily rich and varied crop of book sales have taken place this summer.


London auction call to arms

26 June 2017

Showing some internal staining, browning and other soiling, this 1517 Lyon printing of one of the works of GB Castiglione, a humanist and sometime tutor to the future Elizabeth I, sports a contemporary English binding of blind-stamped calf.


Trio of record-breakers at Forum Auctions

12 June 2017

The three lots briefly described here were not among the very highest priced lots in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of May 24 – but all brought record bids.


Anne Frank’s diary in Dutch and English form

05 June 2017

In recent times a few examples of the 1947, Dutch text, first printing of Anne Frank’s famous diary (part of a print run of just 1500 copies) have come to auction.