Manuscripts and Letters

Manuscripts and Letters at Forum Auctions covers all works written or otherwise inscribed by hand, from ancient Babylonian cylinders, Anglo-Saxon fragments and medieval books of hours through to autographed photographs and archives of prominent personalities from the 20th & 21st century. As a result of this large scope, our Manuscripts and Letters auctions attract a very diverse and broad range of buyers, including dedicated manuscript and autograph collectors, one-time buyers, history buffs and notable institutions. The wide variety of unique material covered also ensures an attractive range of entry-points to allow for all types of budgets.

Our Manuscripts specialists have many years of experience in these fields and are available to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any Manuscripts and Letters you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.

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Rupert Powell

Rupert Powell

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Books

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Dido Arthur

Dido Arthur

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Max Hasler

Max Hasler

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Rhiannon Spence

Rhiannon Spence

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Hester Malin

Hester Malin

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Cosima Benson-Colpi

Cosima Benson-Colpi

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Lydia Gardner

Lydia Gardner

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Leo Hessian

Leo Hessian

Trainee Cataloguer, Books and Works on Paper

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Simon Luterbacher

Simon Luterbacher

Consultant, Books and Works on Paper

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How do you authenticate Manuscripts and Letters?
Forum Auctions' specialists have many years of experience working with antique manuscripts, including documents, letters and autographed memorabilia. They also have access to various resources, online and offline, that allow them to check against comparative pieces, where relevant, and research provenance, watermarks and other potential indicators of antiquity. A keen interest in, and understanding of, history also brings a scholarly and enthusiastic approach to bear upon our researching of historical and biographical context. This combination of expert analysis, comparative study, provenance research, forensic techniques and historical context is used to determine the authenticity and the potential value of manuscript items.
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