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.


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Previously unpublished sketches and letters by the American artist and traveller George Catlin (1796-1872) attracted multiple bidders at Forum Auctions in London.


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.


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.

Cherokee chief

Rare Native American pictures by George Catlin come to auction in London

19 March 2019

A collection of watercolours, drawings and letters by American painter George Catlin (1796-1872) will be offered at Forum Auctions next week.


World Book Day focus: Five classic and collectable rare books going under the hammer this month

07 March 2019

Today marks World Book Day, and while the occasion is aimed at young people, it could also be a chance for rare book collectors to take stock of their libraries and investigate some top lots in store at future auctions.


Banker’s private press passion

11 February 2019

Close to 300 lots in a recent London sale that focused mainly on private press and other illustrated books came from the library of the late Bruce Beatty, a banker whose artistic and bibliographic collecting preferences included fin de siècle literature.

Alfred jewel

What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a replica 'Alfred Jewel' and a Chelsea squirrel

01 February 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a Chelsea white-glazed model of a red squirrel and a 17th century portrait miniature.


Four lots to watch at auction this week including a Lowry sketch and a John Knibb clock

28 January 2019

With estimates from £400-40,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

SS Normandie poster

Five features of Forum Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale

22 January 2019

South London’s Forum Auctions will hold its latest sales in its usual venue of The Westbury Hotel in central London with highlights including a Lowry pencil on paper and a rare lithographic poster for the legendary ocean liner SS Normandie.


Library laws laid down at auction

07 January 2019

Dated April 5, 1768, the simple printed broadside shown below lays down the ‘Rules…’ that apply to those wishing to use the Circulating Library in Ashbo[u]rne in Derbyshire.


Get in touch with nature at your local saleroom: Six lots inspired by plants and animals

10 December 2018

From a Victorian Seaweed album to a pair of pottery bird panels, we have a look at art and antiques coming up at auction next week, all of which are inspired by the natural world.


Buyer of chess rarity on board at £7000

10 December 2018

Arthur Saul’s Famous Game of Chesse-Play…, the first published book on the game written by an Englishman, came out in 1614.

Girl with balloon

Banksy prints sell out at Forum Auctions’ latest London sale

29 November 2018

An ‘unshredded’ version of a print of Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was the highlight of Forum Auctions' latest Banksy Editions sale totalling 25 lots.


Get the measure of the market with a metric pioneer

22 October 2018

They may not have been the most photogenic lots in the catalogue of a recent London sale, but a couple of lots were highly attractive for their significance in the maths and measurements field.


Napkyn covers remedies for plague and smallpox

08 October 2018

“Conteyning divers Excellent & Approoved Remedies in Physique – and Chirurgery…”, an early 17th century manuscript of some 130 or so pages that seems to have been intended for publication, brought a much higher than expected bid in a recent London sale.


Limerick features an owl of anguish

13 August 2018

Illustrated with coloured engravings, The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women is a work of 1821 that is “thought to be the first printed book of Limericks”.


Extensive library dedicated to agriculture sold over two days in London auction

23 July 2018

Comprising some 3000 books ranging in date from 1473-1840, one of the finest collections of books on agriculture ever assembled was dispersed by Forum Auctions (30/24/14.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in a July 10-11 sale that totalled £1.6m.

Pietro Crescenzi

White-glove sale for agriculture library at Forum Auctions

16 July 2018

A white-glove sale of a 3000-book agriculture library reached a hammer total of £1.76m over two days at Forum Auctions last week.


Forum lays down the agricultural Lawes

02 July 2018

Comprising some 3000 books that range in date from 1473-1840, one of the finer collection of books on agriculture ever assembled will be dispersed by Forum Auctions in a July 10-11 sale that runs to more than 800 lots.


Plague water, dastardly crimes and good habits

18 June 2018

Early manuscript compilations for medical and culinary recipes feature quite regularly and successfully at auction, but an example in a recent London sale was one with a morbid statistical addition that achieved a treble-estimate £15,000.