Specialist (Associate Director)
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7016 1811, Email: email@example.com
Oliver was born in London and educated at Harrow and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Engineering Science and was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He first joined the Medal Department at Spink in May 2005 where, working alongside Mark Quayle and John Hayward, he got to handle many important groups and collections, and rose through the ranks to become the department’s Business Manager and Auctioneer, as well as overseeing the successful and much-acclaimed Great War Centenary and Waterloo bi-Centenary Exhibitions in 2014 and 2015. He took his first auction in June 2008, and the highlight of his career as an auctioneer to date is selling the group of medals to John ‘Cat’s Eyes’ Cunningham, the legendary Second World War night fighter ace, in September 2012 for £384,000, which was a new world record price for a British medal group at auction. After 11 years at Spink he made the move to DNW in June 2016, and is proud to now work for the most successful and dynamic medal department in the country.
Oliver is a regular attender at both the OMRS and OMSA Conventions, and at the Britannia Medal Fairs in London, where he is happy to discuss clients’ collecting interests, and offer advice on future purchases or the disposal of part or all of a collection. His main area of interest is the military and cultural history of British India, and as part of his research he has travelled the sub-continent extensively. He is also a regular contributor of research articles to various medal related publications. In July 2017 Oliver moved with his wife Rosie to Petersfield. Away from work his passions are skiing, cycling, and supporting the Surrey and England cricket teams both at The Oval and overseas.