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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Early birds catch bidders’ eye

19 August 2019

Lots offered towards the start of sales at the same auction house prove successful.

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Summer sale quest for first Harry Potter editions

12 August 2019

Copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone impressed in several summer sales.

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Emmeline Pankhurst biography by her daughter sold at Forum Auctions

15 July 2019

For three years now Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) has, in addition to its high-profile auctions, been holding fortnightly, online-only timed sales that in their diverse content, it feels, act as a useful bellwether for the book world at large.

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Welsh art, Qajar armour and a book on hysteria – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

12 July 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes an oil painting by Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams and a group of 19th century Qajar armour.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Churchill chairs, a portrait miniature collection and Sèvres porcelain

08 July 2019

With estimates from £100-70,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Rare and often forgotten books by little-known authors can nonetheless shine at auction

08 July 2019

Two recent auctions offered a number of 18th and 19th century English novels by authors unfamiliar to many readers but who are nevertheless in demand through their rare surviving works.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

01 July 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Boar binding brings a bard connection

24 June 2019

A poet and dramatist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was once considered by many to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.

Timed online: your questions answered

24 June 2019

ATG asked practitioners to explain the ins and outs of this increasingly popular auction format.

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Timed to perfection

24 June 2019

The success of timed online auctions for London’s big auction houses is putting the format on the map for other salerooms too.

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Alfred Russell Wallace's evolution of a work on palm trees

10 June 2019

A Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of May 30 ran to well over 540 lots in all, but it was very early in proceedings that a much, much higher than predicted bid of £26,000 was made on an 1853, presentation first of 'Palm Trees of the Amazon and their uses.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a 19th century Italian table, a Royal Crown Derby tureen and a horse-racing cup

27 May 2019

With estimates from £300-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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21st century tastes: How the growing interest in the history of food and drink is influencing the market for early recipe books

21 May 2019

Old cookery books are more than simply receptacles of food history. They speak of technological change, the availability and discovery of ingredients that came with the expansion of the known world and how the social standing of the cook or chef changed over time. They are also very much in collecting vogue.

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Sponsor’s message: A prosperous year...

21 May 2019

Welcome to the fourth annual supplement produced by Antiques Trade Gazette showcasing the world of rare books and works on paper. We are again delighted to be the sole sponsor, showing our heartfelt commitment to our industry.

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The recipe for disaster in cookery book sold at auction

06 May 2019

Plague water is one of the more striking entries in a now worn but finely bound volume of cookery and medical recipes sold recently in London.

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A good hair day in the saleroom

29 April 2019

A 1782 first of James Stewart’s 'Plocacosmos: or, the Whole Art of Hair Dressing' illustrated with 10 plates showing hairstyles was offered as part of a Forum Auctions sale.

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Sullivan and Sargent in caricature form

19 April 2019

George Catlin’s watercolour sketches of North American Indians, reported in ATG No 2387, were the star turns as far as original artworks were concerned at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on March 28. However, two original, signed caricatures by Max Beerbohm also brought good results.

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Pick of the week: Catlin’s chief appeal brings high prices at London auction

08 April 2019

Previously unpublished sketches and letters by the American artist and traveller George Catlin (1796-1872) attracted multiple bidders at Forum Auctions in London.

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Early movers in the chess playing world

08 April 2019

Born in Celico, southern Italy and consequently known as ‘The Calabrian’, Gioachino Greco is considered the first professional chess player.

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WINE AND WHISKY: Raise a glass to a buoyant market

25 March 2019

In the wake of record auction prices – the first £1m bottle of whisky and a $500,000 bottle of wine – four auction specialists discuss the lively market for fine and rare wines and whisky. A potted history of wine-related antiques follows. First up: Richard Brierley of Forum Auctions and Sam Hellyer of Chiswick Auctions on the wine market.

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