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.


Slave trader who repented his sins tells his own story

12 February 2024

John Newton (1725-1807) is today perhaps best remembered as the writer of the hymn Amazing Grace. However, before his religious conversion he spent his early life as a slave trader.


Charity gifts that keep on giving when sold at auction

22 January 2024

Spotlight on a couple of shop donations that both ended up making £20,000 hammer prices


Health tips from the Middle Ages: Ibn Butlan’s Tacuini sanitatis

15 January 2024

First printing of a guide first written in the 11th century achieves second-highest auction price


Chess collecting: now it’s your move

27 November 2023

How much would you spend on an antique or vintage chess set? Here are three examples from different periods that sold across a wide range of prices.


More travels courtesy of Bobins

06 November 2023

German artists take many of the top spots as another colourful selection comes to the saleroom


Banksy reimagines Warhol with value branding

02 October 2023

'Only Banksy' was the title of a 24-lot offering at Forum Auctions (30/24/15% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in London.


The young guard of the book trade

11 September 2023

While the rare book trade is steadily becoming more diverse, challenges still exist, as four newer members of the Forum Auctions team in London tell ATG


Rare Canadiana in Sussex… and another Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Estimated at £300-500, a group of five hand-coloured prints of early 19th century Canada sold for £8500 at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.


Henry James refugee work is rare sale visitor on vellum

21 August 2023

Refugees in Chelsea was written by Henry James (1843-1916) to help the local Chelsea Committee to raise funds in the US to start an industry for crippled Belgian soldiers.


Nelson launches Emma defence

12 June 2023

Annotation of 1803-04 work included in a single collection features remark about his mistress


Edward Bawden: Printmaker at the cutting edge

08 May 2023

A lively market has emerged for the linocuts of Great Bardfield artist Edward Bawden


Sponsor’s message: Some peace and stability

08 May 2023

Despite volatility in so many markets, the rare book world continues to offer a calm respite, as Rupert Powell of Forum Auctions writes


Logical origins of our digital world

24 April 2023

Boole’s 1847 paper would ‘find widespread use in the design of computers and communication systems’

The Study of Sociology by Herbert Spencer

On the origin of the ‘survival of the fittest’ comes to London auction

17 April 2023

This copy of 'The Study of Sociology' by Herbert Spencer is a first edition from 1875 in original cloth.


Long life down to good cooking?

13 March 2023

Manuscript including recipes sold for £15,000 was written by a lady who died ‘aged around 100’


Wish you were here… in the New World

13 February 2023

Sixteenth century work edited by Hakluyt aimed to encourage English expansion and influence

15th century book

Fifteenth century friar's manual inspired by the game of chess

06 February 2023

A 15th century first edition of a pioneering work by Johannes Gallensis surfaced at auction late last month.


Gillray drawing stars in a satirical selection

09 January 2023

Highlights from London auction also include art historian’s collection and extraordinary Orwell oddity


Boney and Pitt slice up globe for dessert

19 December 2022

'Plumb-pudding in danger or State Epicures taking un Petit Souper' is the most famous of all James Gillray’s satirical caricatures and perhaps the most well-known of all Georgian political cartoons.

Harland Miller print

Dreweatts and Forum draw closer together with joint sale and combined departments

05 December 2022

Dreweatts and Forum Auctions are to hold their first joint sale this month.