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.


New hires

New faces including at Catherine Southon Auctioneers, Olympia Auctions and LAPADA

18 August 2022

The latest appointments and moves across auction houses, dealers and associations.

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Art market: Bingham collection ends on a high note

23 May 2022

London dealer in historic instruments also amassed paintings on a musical theme

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Bingham collection at Olympia Auctions includes Tibetan ritual trumpet

02 May 2022

This 19th century Tibetan conch shell ritual trumpet, known as a dung-dkar, forms part of the Tony Bingham collection of musical instruments.

Christopher Butterworth shop

Let there be light and music – two sales from well-known dealers come to auction this week

19 April 2022

Items from Pimlico Road dealer Christopher Butterworth and LAPADA dealer Tony Bingham are coming to auction in London and Essex.

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Olympia fundraiser for Met arms department

18 April 2022

West London saleroom Olympia Auctions has announced a new fundraising campaign to benefit the arms and armour department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Pick of the week: German armour blows off to the Windy City

20 December 2021

Catalogued as ‘fine and exceptionally rare’, a north German parade cuirass is on its way to the Art Institute of Chicago after being sold at auction.

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Bratbys on offer bought direct from the artist

20 December 2021

Two works by ‘kitchen sink’ realist John Bratby (1928-92) were offered in the latest picture sale at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Plentiful plaquettes dispersed in single-owner sale

13 December 2021

London auction offers fascinating bronzes from a little-appreciated collecting field.

Curtain sample

Pick of the week: The £6500 fabric of a bitter argument

15 November 2021

“From then on, nothing went right. My carpet designs were rejected and my textiles were not required."

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Java bronze depicts a figure of wisdom

18 October 2021

Matthew Barton’s European and Asian Works of Art sale at Olympia Auctions on November 24-25 includes this 4in (10cm) bronze figure of Manjusri, the bodhisattva associated with prajna (wisdom) made in Java (Indonesia) in the 10th century.

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Late Chinese imperial saucer dish and Qing bow case and quiver emerge in west London

18 October 2021

This piece of late Chinese imperial porcelain, a 5½in (14cm) yellow ground saucer dish with an aubergine dragon encircling the ‘flaming pearl’ to the well and four incised cranes to the underside, has a dark brown six-character mark for the Tongzhi emperor (1861-75).

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Art market: Supply of works flows as lockdown eases

14 June 2021

Consignments held back during the restrictions are now impressing in salerooms, as recent auction results show

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Plaques pull in devoted fans at Olympia Auctions

31 May 2021

This rare pair of south Italian or Sicilian devotional plaques (capezzali) sold for £26,000 at Matthew Barton of Olympia Auctions in west London on May 25.

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Buddhist goddess takes a lotus position

03 May 2021

This 19th century thangka depicts the Buddhist goddess Tara seated in lalitasana on a lotus growing from a lake a pond, a padma in each hand.

The Wallace Collection

Olympia Auctions backs cultural institutions in face of funding issues caused by coronavirus

25 March 2021

Olympia Auctions is planning to raise money for cultural institutions suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Windfall sums for the three abundances at Olympia Auctions

30 November 2020

The sale held by Matthew Barton at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) on November 18 included a series of pairs of 6in (15cm) diameter porcelain bowls from a private European collection assembled in Hong Kong in the 1980s-90s.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1700 including a Sylvia Gosse street scene

19 October 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Sylvia Gosse street scene.

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Islamic & Indian art: 11 auction previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A wealth of Indian and Islamic art and artefacts are available to view and buy in late October from both participants at Asian Art in London and auction houses whose sales are timed to coincide with the festival.

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Bawden’s decimal coin design makes a Mint

28 September 2020

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was one of a number of artists invited to submit designs ahead of Britain’s changeover to decimal coinage. Designs were invited for six coins: the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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