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.


Caroline Shepherd

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.

‘Girl with Balloon’ by Banksy

Interest from overseas bidders lifts Banksy prints market to higher level

09 September 2020

Forum Auctions’ latest dedicated sale of Banksy (b.1974) prints was a white glove affair with all 24 lots selling and 22 individual auction records set for the editions to which they belong.

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Cosmographica print pioneer

07 September 2020

Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza

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Thomson takes pride

24 August 2020

Firsts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have made as much as £115,000* at auction.

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Glasgow comes to the aid of Greece

10 August 2020

Each bearing estimates of £300-400, two lots in a summer online auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) brought substantially higher rewards.

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A chance to buy a piece of vaccine history – Edward Jenner’s innoculation book comes to auction

09 July 2020

Vaccinations are high on the agenda at the moment as the world searches for immunisation against the coronavirus.

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Album of watercolours sold for £52,000 shows view of sailors greeting friendly natives

06 July 2020

Presenting some 434 lots and with a total not far short of £1m, a recent sale held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) included a rich enough string of successes to outshine a few of the more highly valued lots left unsold.

Travel account of early US sells for many times estimate

22 June 2020

An account of travels in Indian territories in the early 19th century was one of two letters of particular North American interest sold for notably higher than expected sums by Forum (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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