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Thomas Del Mar founded the saleroom at 25 Blythe Road in 2007, now Olympia Auctions, having started his own auction business with sales titled ‘in association with Sotheby’s' in 2005.
Thomas started his career in Sotheby’s Arms, Armour and Militaria department in 1994 where he worked on auctions in London, New York, Sussex and Zurich. In 2005 he oversaw the dispersal of the armoury of the Royal House of Hanover which continues to stand as a world auction record for an ancestral collection. In December 2005 he held his first sale ‘in association with Sotheby’s’. Since then he has achieved a number of auction records and notable successes with British, European and American ancestral, institutional and private collections.
Thomas continues to work as a consultant to Sotheby’s Worldwide on antique arms, armour and militaria. He is a member of the Meyrick Society, the Arms and Armour Society, and the Gesellschaft für Historisches Waffen und Kostümkunde. Thomas sits on the vetting committee of the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair and is the co-founder of the Antique Arms Fair at Olympia.