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.


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.

Izzie Balmer

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.

Multi-blade penknife

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.

Villagers Relaxing picture

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.

Adrian Biddell, Janet Rady and Maryam Daoudi

Olympia Auctions expands its team

23 January 2023

Three former Chiswick Auctions’ picture specialists have joined west London saleroom Olympia Auctions.


The greatest hits of arms and armour collector Elvis

23 January 2023

Birmingham-born Roy Elvis (1944- 2022) inherited his family interest in antiques and started collecting furniture and decorative arts from an early age.


Bijouterie shines and ceramics surprise in west London saleroom

09 January 2023

Eye-catching bijouterie attracted international buyers to Olympia Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) 320-lot European Works of Art sale.


Buckler purchase from Portobello

28 November 2022

Once thought to have been made in antiquity, bucklers are now understood to have been late medieval or Tudor small shields.

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.


Art market: Bingham collection ends on a high note

23 May 2022

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