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Post Sale Report of the Remaining Books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching

Post Sale Report of the Remaining Books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching

Wednesday 15 February 2017

A first white-glove sale (where every lot sells) for one of Forum Auctions’ online-only sales – the  offering of the remaining travel books from Franklin Brooke-Hitching’s famed collection, which took place on Wednesday 15th February. The sale total of just over £63,000 was double the ...

Online sale 12th January 2017

Online sale 12th January 2017

Friday 13 January 2017

Their first sale of 2017 saw Forum Auctions’ online-only format continue to grow in interest, participation and successful results. A broad range of material was offered with particular focus on Travel and Library sets. A Hondius map of Asia, hand-coloured and dated to c.1659, made a solid ...

January's Fine Books

January's Fine Books

Friday 06 January 2017

Another fine miscellany of printed, written and graphic material goes under the hammer at the Westbury Hotel on 25th January with London’s specialist house, Forum Auctions.

More fine privately-consigned early printed books, including numerous works from the press of Aldus Manutius, o...

The Iraq that Lawrence of Arabia knew

The Iraq that Lawrence of Arabia knew

Friday 13 January 2017

The Iraq that Lawrence of Arabia knew: Rarely seen photographs of Mesopotamia taken by British soldiers during the First World War's Arab Revolt emerge for auction 

Rarely seen photographs taken by a British soldier of the Arab revolt, which took place during the Firs...

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

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

Monday 09 January 2017

The plated copper English made telescopic ear trumpet, estimated at £1000-1500, has good provenance. It was owned by a now deceased collector and was consigned with a collection of other Waugh (1903-1966) first editions and letters.

It comes with letters of provenance from son Auberon...

Cumbrian suffragettes raise banners at protest event

Cumbrian suffragettes raise banners at protest event

Saturday 14 January 2017

A RARE postcard showing many of the Cumbrian groups campaigning to get votes for women will feature in a Berkshire auction next week.

The card was posted in 1911 and a poster carried by the protestors for women’s suffrage refers to a meeting at the Queen’s Hall.<...

Banksy sells out at Forum Auctions

Banksy sells out at Forum Auctions

Friday 14 October 2016

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

The 40 lot Wanted: Banksy auction at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair on October 12 raised £662,000 including buyer’s premium.

Records were set for Girl with b...

Harrison Library sells well online at Forum Auctions

Harrison Library sells well online at Forum Auctions

Monday 19 December 2016

Forum Auctions’ online-only sale of the library of the late David Harrison, held on Thursday 8th December, was very successful with a 90% sell-through rate on the day (the unsolds all subsequently snapped up) and a hammer total just shy of £50,000. There were strong prices in particular for...

Banksy auction at The Westbury Hotel

Banksy auction at The Westbury Hotel

Monday 03 October 2016

Banksy auction at The Westbury Hotel

Wanted: Banksy! The first ever auction exclusively featuring only works by acclaimed British street artist is being held by Forum Auctions at The Westbury Hotel on Wednesday 12th October.

The 40 lots on offer represent exam...

Dos & Don'ts for Starting a Book Collection

Dos & Don'ts for Starting a Book Collection

Wednesday 14 September 2016

In the world of book collecting, one trend seems to recur: our literary favorites are one day likely to become the collectibles adorning our bookshelves. 

This year marks the anniversary of the births of two of the most beloved children’s authors of all time: R...

Forum to offer interest-free credit on auction purchases

Forum to offer interest-free credit on auction purchases

Friday 09 September 2016

Forum Auctions are to introduce a credit facility for buyers at future sales. In an exclusive arrangement with lending platform Unbolted, the new London firm will offer approved bidders the opportunity to pay for purchases with up to 90 days of interest-free finance. Forum used the...

Forum Auctions' Second Book Auction

Forum Auctions' Second Book Auction

Wednesday 07 September 2016

The catalogue for Forum Auctions’ second auction is now online and contains lots of fresh material. We’d like to thank everyone for their support so far and hope that you will enjoy the content of our second Fine Books and Works on Paper auction as much as our first! The sale c...

Forum Auctions' fall calendar opens with Fine Books and Works on Paper

Forum Auctions' fall calendar opens with Fine Books and Works on Paper

Thursday 08 September 2016

Forum Auctions, the new London-based house which held its first auctions in July, is kicking off the fall season with a 539-lot sale of Fine Books and Works on Papertaking place Thursday, S...

The launch of Forum's Jewellery and Watches Department

The launch of Forum's Jewellery and Watches Department

Tuesday 09 August 2016

Forum Auctions is pleased to announce the establishment of its Jewellery and Watches department. With sales scheduled in London on 30th November and Rome on 14th December the department promises to become a significant facet of the Forum business.

Andrea de Miglio has been appointed as...

Specialists Speak: Brexit & the Future of the Fine Art Market

Specialists Speak: Brexit & the Future of the Fine Art Market

Tuesday 09 August 2016

Forum's CEO Stephan Ludwig participates in 'Specialists Speak', Invaluables' Debate on Brexit and the Future of the Art Market...

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd, the historic vote caught the world by surprise. As voting results flooded in, the po...

Forum Auctions Announces Banksy Sale

Forum Auctions Announces Banksy Sale

Tuesday 02 August 2016

 

In October Forum Auctions will be holding a unique auction dedicated solely to works by the street artist Banksy. We aim offer examples of every editioned print by the artist.  Banksy needs little introduction, the mysterious street artist has been all over the press for...

Forum Auctions' inaugural two-day sale tops £1m

Forum Auctions' inaugural two-day sale tops £1m

Tuesday 19 July 2016

London 15 July – Forum Auctions, the new specialist auction house only established in May, stormed into the Rare Books and Works on Paper world with their first sale held over two days, which grossed an impressive £1.1m.

Held in the fashionable Westbury Ho...

Forum Auctions launches website

Forum Auctions launches website

Monday 27 June 2016

Forum Auctions, London’s specialist books and works on paper auction house, launches new website

Forum Auctions, established in May 2016 by Stephan Ludwig and a team of senior works on paper specialists, unveils its new interactive and fully responsive website. The f...

Forum Auctions’ inaugural sale on 13th and 14th July

Forum Auctions’ inaugural sale on 13th and 14th July

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Fine Books and Works on Paper: Days One and Two

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July, 2:00pm

The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF

London’s specialist auction house for books and works on paper has publish...

Forum Auctions to exhibit highlights from our June and July auction sales during the ABA Olympia book fair

Forum Auctions to exhibit highlights from our June and July auction sales during the ABA Olympia book fair

Monday 16 May 2016

Bibliophiles are invited to join us in the Olympia suite on the ground floor of the Olympia Hilton hotel, 380 Kensington High Street, W14 8NL on 26th May 12:00am - 8:00pm and 27th May 10:00am - 6:00pm. The Forum team will be showing selected material from both the June Rome and July London sal...

New Forum Faces

New Forum Faces

Tuesday 07 June 2016

New books and works on paper firm Forum Auctions have appointed two further specialists to their team.

Rupert Worrall joins as head of the London 'editions' department, having recently left a similar position at Bonhams in Bond Street. He will work alongside Alexan...

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

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

Monday 16 May 2016

Forum Auctions, established by Stephan Ludwig, former owner and CEO of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, will commence trading in June.

Forum’s books and manuscripts department comprises a strong team of specialists including Dido Arthur, Justin Philips and Max Hasler, while Alexa...

A New Auction House in London

A New Auction House in London

Thursday 02 June 2016

In 2013 Stephan Ludwig sold Bloomsbury Auctions, together with his Dreweatts business, to the Stanley Gibbons Group PLC for about PS 15,000,000.  In 2015 he retired and is now preparing to return to combat under a fresh banner.  The new firm is called Forum Auctions and includes some members...

New International Works on Paper Auctions Business Launches in London

New International Works on Paper Auctions Business Launches in London

Monday 16 May 2016

Established by Stephan Ludwig, formerly owner and CEO of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, Forum Auctions ("Forum") commences trading in May from premises in London, New York, Milan and Rome. Taking a fresh perspective on 21st century auctioneering, and in contrast to recent entrants into t...

Forum Auctions announce venue for first London sale

Forum Auctions announce venue for first London sale

Tuesday 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.

The firm have taken office space on Queenstown Road, Battersea.

Forum Auctions, established by Stephan Ludwig, former owner and CEO of Drewe...