Olympia Auctions

Olympia Auctions is a hub of specialist auctioneers in Olympia, London.

Formerly known as 25 Blythe Road, it was established in 2007 by Thomas Del Mar and now has a regular roster of dedicated live auctions in fields including antique arms, armour and militaria, decorative art, Indian and Islamic Art, film posters, British and Continental pictures and photographs.

The firm also conducts online-only auctions.

Edward Bawden watercolour

Rediscovered Edward Bawden watercolour finds path to London auction

19 June 2024

A watercolour by Edward Bawden (1903-1989) which was considered lost since the 1940s emerged at the latest fine art sale held at Olympia Auctions.


Ottoman tile packs in power of tiger and leopard

10 June 2024

This large 12in (30cm) hexagonal painted fritware tile from 16th century Damascus is decorated with one of the most recognisable Ottoman decorative motifs - the çintamani pattern.


Classic turntables on the right track at Olympia Auctions

27 May 2024

Two classic 1970s record turntables have been consigned to the 20th Century Design sale at Olympia Auctions on September 20.

Jonathan Hills

News in brief including a clock specialist joining Olympia Auctions

22 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including Olympia Auctions expanding into clocks.


Dealer Florence Evans takes the pick of Pillitz

22 April 2024

Until late last year, few people involved in the Modern British art market, even veteran dealers, had ever heard of Hedwig Pillitz (1896-1987).

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Artist’s still-life paintings snapped up at auction as museum wing opens in her honour

22 March 2024

The life and work of Austrian-British artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky feature at Olympia Auctions and Amersham Museum


Two rare Bessie MacNicol works appear at auction in a week

29 January 2024

Works by Glasgow Girl Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904) – who died in childbirth aged 34 – are represented in many public collections, especially in Scotland.

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Latest hires, appointments and jobs news from around the world of art and antiques

16 January 2024

Movers and Shakers across auction houses, fairs and a law firm.

William Nicholson still-life

William Nicholson still-life doubles top estimate at west London auction

02 January 2024

A still-life by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) that appeared in the final sale of the year at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) “generated ripples of excitement among private collectors and the trade alike” according to the West London saleroom.


Tiny but with 48 blades — a remarkable exhibition knife

01 January 2024

It was with dazzling exhibition pieces that Joseph Rodgers & Sons made its reputation as Sheffield’s foremost knifemaker.

Miniature penknife

Exceptional 19th century miniature penknife stars in our pick of five auction highlights

21 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Joseph Rogers & Sons miniature penknife made for royal presentation that more than doubled estimate.


All features great and small: Dutch silver miniatures dazzle

11 December 2023

Small is considered beautiful in many sectors but increasingly so when it comes to collecting traditional antiques with space often at a premium.


‘Profumo Affair’ sketch brings £8500

20 November 2023

Stephen Ward (1912-63) will no doubt always be remembered as the man who introduced the model Christine Keeler to the politician John Profumo.


The ‘studio’ works that place forgotten artists in a new light

20 November 2023

Works that come to auction directly from artists’ estates often have extra appeal due to a combination of factors.


Mr Durs Egg describes his pistol power

13 November 2023

Stellar English, Indian and Turkish pieces are promised at Olympia Auctions on December 6 in west London.


Chinese and Japanese art makes Olympia sale debut

23 October 2023

The first stand-alone Chinese and Japanese Works of Art sale at Olympia Auctions in London on November 8 includes this pair of Yongzheng period famille-rose fishbowls on European giltwood stands estimated at £40,000-60,000.


Art Market: International interest boosts London sale

17 July 2023

Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) reported some significant overseas interest at its latest Fine Paintings, Works on Paper & Sculpture auction with almost a third of buyers from outside the UK.

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Pick of the week: Knives collection proves a cut above

10 July 2023

An amazing penknife proved a cut above in a sale from the David Hayden-Wright collection of antique knives offered at west London saleroom Olympia Auctions.

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Debut sale boosted by Egyptian art collection

22 May 2023

A group of 25 works by Egyptian artists drew notable interest at the inaugural sale of Modern & Contemporary African and Middle Eastern art at Olympia Auctions.


Olympia picture sales at the double

22 May 2023

French artist Nancy Delouis (b.1941) was born into an artistic family.