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.


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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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Armour through the ages: three lots commanding bids in winter sales

20 January 2020

Rare and well-preserved armour from pre-history to the 17th century was well received in the pre-Christmas sales. Three examples are pictured here.

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Five examples showing how exotic Eastern blades remain a key fixture at auction

20 January 2020

Edged weapons from the East continue to feature regularly among the top lots in auctions across the world. Awareness of the rich array of culturally-significant weapons to be found in Western collections has grown as internet technology reaches a new international audience.

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Stone Age weapons at the cutting edge of early technology

20 January 2020

One fascinating section of a recent Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) sale featured Stone Age and Viking weapons and artefacts from a European private collection.

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Sabres suggest the swashbuckling world of Hornblower

20 January 2020

Two spectacular early-19th century British presentation sabres have turned up in the salerooms recently, one in London and the other in Munich.

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Old Master specialist hosts seminar on the art of connoisseurship

11 January 2020

An Old Master specialist previously at Sotheby’s is hosting a seminar on connoisseurship and its role in the art world at Olympia Auctions in west London later this month.

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Spaniel sniffs out snuff

23 December 2019

Matthew Barton (25% buyer’s premium) attracted international interest in this early-19th century German gold snuff box at his November 20 London sale.

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Brews news: British Museum buys 19th century print

18 November 2019

The British Museum has added this rare hand-coloured lithograph to its two-million-strong print collection after securing it at an auction in west London.

Silver auction previews: including a George V bowl modelled on the Winchester measure

26 August 2019

A selection of silver lots coming up in the salerooms.

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Eyewitness view captures last action of the Indian Mutiny

20 May 2019

Painted by Lt Gen Henry Hope Crealock (1831-91), this 6ft 8in (2m) wide pen and ink drawing is an eyewitness account of The Action of Bareilly – the battle of the last stronghold of Indian independence in 1858.

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Eyewitness sketches of the Indian Mutiny emerge at Olympia Auctions

08 April 2019

A 2m (6ft 7in) pen and ink drawing, estimated at £5000-7000 in Olympia Auctions on April 17 in west London, forms an intriguing eyewitness view of the final moments of the Indian Mutiny.

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The 25 Blythe Road auctions collective is relaunching under the brand of Olympia Auctions

29 January 2019

The London auctions ‘hub’ of 25 Blythe Road will now operate under a single banner of Olympia Auctions.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a Renaissance revival ewer and a vodka-drinking Russian

07 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a piece by the ‘crystal king of England’, a Japanese style sword, a vodka-drinking Russian figure and a Renaissance revival ewer.

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Meiji cloisonné provides boost to English salerooms

03 December 2018

An unusual dish from the workshop of Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) sold for £18,000 at Woolley & Wallis on November 14. But this was not the only example of top-tier Meiji cloisonné for sale last month.

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De Waal Netsuke collection brings welcome addition to Blythe Road auction

03 December 2018

A welcome addition to the November 21 Asian Works of Art sale at Matthew Barton (24% buyer’s premium) of 25 Blythe Road in west London were 79 netsuke from the collection belonging to Edmund de Waal, author of the bestselling memoir 'The Hare with Amber Eyes'. London Japanese art dealer Max Rutherston helped organise the sale and took this section of the auction.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including Edmund de Waal’s netsukes and a Lalique bronze hand mirror

30 November 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights that sold at auction in the last week including a netsuke collection, a Lalique mirror and rare Georgian silver.

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Raise your cap to Kapo’s Jamaican art

26 November 2018

Since Jamaica declared independence in 1962, art on the Caribbean island has swung between two major styles: ‘mainstream’ and ‘intuitive’.

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