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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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.

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So many results in the pipeline

24 July 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dive in to bid for pioneering swimming works

08 May 2017

Sold for £6000 in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of March 30 was a copy of one of the earliest books on swimming.

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Best not to nibble at your Beatrix Potters

24 April 2017

A Beatrix Potter collection running to 62 lots got a Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of March 30 up and running.

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Lightning strike sparks lively London bidding battle for Byron

24 April 2017

An intriguing 18th century watercolour of a tree struck by lightning fetched a multi-estimate sum at Forum Auctions’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) March 30 sale in London.

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Waugh’s ‘disgusting’ ear trumpet sells for £2200 at auction

10 April 2017

The description ‘disgusting object’ failed to put off Evelyn Waugh fans bidding for the author’s old ear trumpet.

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The long haul: test of Grosvenor staying power

05 April 2017

Demand for the delicate 20th century dynamic prints of the Grosvenor School has softened since the string of recordbreaking sales and prices taking place several years ago.

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Snapshots of the ever popular Beatrix Potter collecting market

20 March 2017

An auction house which sold a 1937 handwritten letter by Beatrix Potter is offering another fascinating collection related to the children’s author just over two months later.

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Sounding out bidders: Evelyn Waugh’s ear trumpet heads to auction

09 January 2017

Evelyn Waugh fans should listen up: one of the writer’s ear trumpets will be offered at auction.

Forum and Fellows join forces for jewellery auction in London

07 November 2016

Forum Auctions and Fellows are to join forces for a jewellery sale in London at the end of this month.

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Banksy sells out at Forum Auctions

14 October 2016

Forum Auctions’ white-glove Banksy sale made more than £600,000 and set 15 records this week.

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Forum Auctions formalises Italian operations

12 October 2016

Forum Auctions has formalised its deal with book dealer Filippo Rotundo’s Phiobiblon Gallery and will hold Forum branded auctions in Italy later this month.

Forum Auctions move into jewellery

08 August 2016

New London books and works on paper specialists Forum Auctions plan to hold their first jewellery and watches sale in November following the appointment of Andrea de Miglio as the head of a new department.

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Forum Auctions first sale tops £1m and is led by rare Cicero on vellum

15 July 2016

The inaugural sale held by new London saleroom Forum Auctions concluded yesterday with £1.1m raised (including premium) from 364 lots.

Forum Auctions announce venue for first London sale

31 May 2016

New books and works on paper specialists Forum Auctions will hold their first London sale at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair on July 13-14.

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Ex-Bloomsbury staff and former Dreweatts chief Stephan Ludwig launch Forum Auctions

16 May 2016

Key former members of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions have started a new auction firm.

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