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Why Choose Forum Auctions?

Forum Auctions is London’s specialist auction house for Books, Manuscripts, Prints (1500-2023), Maps, Banksy prints and other Editions and Works on Paper. Forum sits alongside the acclaimed Dreweatts country house auction room and both are owned by international art advisory group Gurr Johns. The market presence of our combined businesses rivals that of the global auction houses; overall sales exceed £100,000,000 supported by a valuations business that appraises in excess of £10,000,000,000 art and collectibles every year.

Forum handles over 15,000 items a year selling to a vast global network of buyers, regularly achieving world record prices. With a calendar of over fifty specialist auctions per year, we accept items at all price points (so long as there is an auction value!) and turnaround times from consignment to payment are typically less than 8 weeks.

Our auctions are globally marketed aided by the latest innovative technologies. We reach millions of active collectors through our use of digital marketing, including AI algorithms and aggregator platforms.

Our clients choose us because we maximise the value for every object within an entire collection and not cherry pick only the best items.

Free and No Obligation Auction Valuations

You can submit details of your item/s for valuation using our online form, by emailing or telephoning the office, or by visiting us during opening hours. If you have a number of items, we may arrange to send a specialist on a home visit.

We receive a high volume of valuations but aim to reply within 5 days. 


The Selling Process

If you would like to proceed with selling your item/s, we will ask you to deliver your items to us in Battersea. If you need assistance with this, we can recommend specialist shippers.
We will then confirm receipt of the items and provide you with an auction contract called a Consignment Receipt. This is a binding agreement to sell your items and includes our terms of sale which can also be found here
We will discuss and agree reserves on your item/s and enter them into the soonest appropriate auction.

What Fees Apply to Selling my Item/s?

Our standard vendor commission is 15% of hammer price, plus 1.5% loss and damage waiver (insurance).

Lower rates will be negotiated for larger value consignments.

There may also be a photography fee if specialist additional imagery is required to effectively market your item/s.

What happens after the auction?

We will send you the results of an auction in our Post Sale Advice auction report, which will detail hammer prices as well as list any unsold items. 
We pay out auction proceeds (hammer price less fees) 21 days following the auction date, provided that the buyer has paid us. Payment will be made to the bank account details you have provided to us. 
We will continue to try to sell any unsold items at or above the agreed reserves, contacting you if we receive offers below this level. If we are not able to sell them, we will be in touch with you regarding the best course of action.

Start a valuation

If you have an item that you would like to sell, we would be delighted to value it for you. The initial step is to submit it for a complimentary auction estimate. Once received, our team will assess its suitability for sale and provide you with a preliminary value.
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How do I send my item/s to you?

We can provide details of specialist carriers to get your item/s to us, if you are unable to get to us in person.

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