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Forum Auctions sale of Fine Books, manuscripts and Works on Paper, 31st May

Forum Auctions sale of Fine Books, manuscripts and Works on Paper, 31st May

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Deliberately timed to take place just after the ABA Fair (May 24th-26th), Forum Auctions’ sale on 31st has a wealth of enticing lots covering most areas of interest. This year the main London book fair is being held in Battersea Park, just a 10-minute walk from Forum’s offices in Queenstow...

Forum now serving the drinks after Stanley Gibbons purchase

Forum now serving the drinks after Stanley Gibbons purchase

Monday 12 February 2018

Forum Auctions is expanding into the wine and spirits market with the purchase of the assets of Bid for Wine from Stanley Gibbons.

It has hired ex-Sotheby’s and Christie’s wine specialist Richard Brierley to lead the new business, which will relaunch this spring.

Forum has ...

First glimpse of Royal life at Sandringham in 1912

First glimpse of Royal life at Sandringham in 1912

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Personal pictures of Royal life which were taken more than 100 years ago when King George VI was a young boy on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, have gone up for auction. The photographs were taken by Prince Albert's tutor Kenneth Fry around 1912, the time of Albert's confirmation.

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What a royal lark! Fascinating pictures show the young teenager who would grow up to be King George VI playing with his brothers 106 years ago

What a royal lark! Fascinating pictures show the young teenager who would grow up to be King George VI playing with his brothers 106 years ago

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Candid pictures were taken by King George VI's tutor Kenneth Fry at Sandringham estate in Norfolk in 1912 

One photo shows Prince Albert, who ascended to the throne as George VI in 1936, posing by a cricket net

Other family images in the set include one of brothers Henry and G...

Branwell Brontë’s “Odyssey”

Branwell Brontë’s “Odyssey”

Thursday 11 January 2018

This may be the year of Emily Brontë--her bicentenary, that is, with a major exhibition opening at the Brontë Parsonage Museum on February 1--but Forum Auctions has me dreaming about her brot...

Banksy print record set at Forum Auctions in New York

Banksy print record set at Forum Auctions in New York

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Forum Auctions’ Banksy sale in New York last night set a new record for a Banksy print. Girl with Balloon (2004) set a record when it sold for a mid-estimate $110,000 (£82,400).

A numbered edition from 150, it was one of 40 lots offered at the Manhattan sale.

Other highligh...

Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures

Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Forty artworks by the street artist Banksy are up for auction in New York on 12 December. It’s the first time that an auction has been devoted exclusively to the artist, and the prints on sale cover his career from the earliest Rude Copper to ...

Exclusive Banksy Auction to Be Held in New York

Exclusive Banksy Auction to Be Held in New York

Sunday 10 December 2017

London’s Forum Auctions is taking 40 works by British street artist Banksy to New York. The exact time of the auction is not announced yet. New Yorkers have a particularly strong affinity with the artist following his 31 day “Better out than in” residency in the Big Apple during 2010, Ar...

WAR OF WORDS Brit book which ‘predicted the attack on Pearl Harbour’ rediscovered 75 years after it was barred from publication

WAR OF WORDS Brit book which ‘predicted the attack on Pearl Harbour’ rediscovered 75 years after it was barred from publication

Tuesday 05 December 2017

The novel from the spy thriller series The Saint was written in summer 1941 by Leslie Charteris

 

A LOST novel of the spy thriller The Saint which predicted the attack on Pearl Harbour but was scrapped for political reasons has been rediscovered.

Written in summer 1941...

BANKSY NYC

BANKSY NYC

Thursday 08 November 2018

Banksy NYC – the first exclusively Banksy auction held in New York

Auction date: Tuesday 12th December

Forum Auctions is taking 40 works by British street artist Banksy to New York. New Yorkers have a particularly strong affinity with the artist following his 31 day “Better...

Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Another bumper offering from the Battersea-based auctioneers are to come under the hammer in the Westbury Hotel on 6th December. As has been the feature of all their sales thus far, the preponderance of privately-consigned books and works on paper is remarkable. Wi...

The Edge Hall Library

The Edge Hall Library

Tuesday 03 October 2017

Fine Cheshire country house library to be sold at auction in London

London: 3rd October 2017

The Library of Edge Hall, Cheshire will be offered for sale by London’s leading specialist auction house for rare books on Thursday 12th Octob...

Treasure trove of Stan Laurel memories heads to saleroom

Treasure trove of Stan Laurel memories heads to saleroom

Friday 08 September 2017

A treasure trove of rarities with direct and personal links to Ulverston-born movie star Stan Laurel are being sold at auction next week.

The sale from Tuesday to Thursday, September 12 to 14, by Anderson and Garland at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne includes several original scripts.

Mos...

New Charlotte Brontë material will go on display in Haworth museum

New Charlotte Brontë material will go on display in Haworth museum

Friday 14 July 2017

New items connected to Charlotte Brontë returned home to Haworth this week following the auction of a large private collection of Brontëana.

The four lots acquired by the Brontë Society include the address panel of a letter by Charlotte Brontë sent to her father and a portrait of C...

Dealer Spotlight: Forum Auctions on Collecting Opportunities in a New EU

Dealer Spotlight: Forum Auctions on Collecting Opportunities in a New EU

Wednesday 28 June 2017

With the present weakness in the British pound, Forum Auctions' new sale offers excellent buying opportunities for international collectors.

artnet sat down with CEO and founder Stephan Ludwig to discuss Fo...

Strood charity shop sells rare first edition for £2,000

Strood charity shop sells rare first edition for £2,000

Saturday 08 April 2017

A book found in a charity shop recycling bin has fetched £2,000 at auction.

Kim West, manager of Strood Community Project’s shop in the High Street, was sorting books into boxes in January when she came across the first edition of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

The b...

FORUM AUCTIONS – BANKSY, BEEDLE THE BARD, AND BEATRIX.

FORUM AUCTIONS – BANKSY, BEEDLE THE BARD, AND BEATRIX.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

As the end of March approaches Forum Auctions are squeezing in a number of sales before the end of their financial year. Last week, 2 sales: on Tuesday 21st a sale of Modern Prints and Works on Paper (over 400 lots in total) saw an enormously diverse range of material on offer and a final hamm...

Bidding frenzy expected for rare Beatrix Potter books

Bidding frenzy expected for rare Beatrix Potter books

Saturday 11 March 2017

THE ever-popular children’s books of Lakeland author, illustrator and conservationist Beatrix Potter are likely to make some outstanding prices at auction at the end of the month.

Several rare and early examples of her work are included in the March 30 sale by London-based Forum Auct...

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...

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...