How to Buy



Here are some tips to help make your auction experience more rewarding.



Do your research before you buy.

Find out what we have to offer by exploring our website. We also provide email alerts to our clients about our upcoming auctions and auction results. Sign-up for any specialty areas that interest you. 
Click here to Join Waddington's Email List

Make sure you know how and when our auctions are offered. Specific details are included in the email alerts and on our website. Be sure to note if the auction is conducted live or online. If offered online, it’s important to be aware of the closing date and time. All our auctions include a live and online preview; check the dates and times of both.
Click here to see our Upcoming Auctions & Events.
 
Explore the online catalogue for any auction you are interested in. Every item we offer is researched by our specialists and presented with an image, description and estimate enabling you to bid confidently. Note: A printed catalogue maybe available for some auctions. Online catalogues can be found by selecting an auction on our Upcoming Auctions and Events Page. 
Click here to see our Upcoming Auctions & Events.

Attend the preview if possible. Examine items of interest and take advantage of the expertise of our specialists who are available to answer your questions. 

Make sure you know what you’re bidding on. Confirm the following:

  • Condition of the item. Condition reports are available from the department.
  • Dimensions of the item
  • Are there any export restrictions on the item? Visit www.cites.org for more information



  • Understand associated costs and charges.

    Buyer’s premium and applicable taxes are added to the hammer (final) price. 

    Toronto Live Auctions
    (excluding Canadian Fine Art Auctions)
    20% up to and including $50,000
    15% in excess of $50,000

    Artfact Live!
    23% up to and including $50,000
    18% in excess of $50,000    

    Canadian Fine Art Live Auctions
    18%

    Online Auctions 
    20% up to and including $50,000
    15% in excess of $50,000 

    Cobourg Specialty Auctions
    15%

    Cobourg Regular Weekly General Estate Auctions
    10%



    Registration

    - Live Auctions -
    Registration for a Live Auction is free and can be completed at the preview for an auction or on the night of the auction. Upon completion of registration you will be assigned a bidder's number. 

    - Online Auctions -
    Registration for our online auction needs to be completed through our website. You will be assigned a bidder's number for an online auction when you log into your account. You only need to register once to participate in all of our online auctions.
    Click here to Register for an Online Auction



    Bidding

    - Live Auction Bidding -

    Bidding in person
    Raise your hand or the bidding number given to you when you registered. Don’t be shy – after your first bid, the auctioneer will watch for you.

    Absentee bids
    If you can’t attend the auction, you may register an absentee bid with our office. We will assign a staff member to bid on your behalf to purchase the item at the lowest bid not exceeding your specified maximum. Absentee bids must be received at least four hours prior to the auction.

    Click here to fill out our Absentee Bid Form. 
    *Not for use in online auctions. 

    Click here to download our Absentee Bid Form PDF. 
    *Not for use in online auctions. 

    Telephone bids
    An alternative manner to participate in the auction. A member of our staff will provide live participation on your behalf. You will be contacted by telephone just prior to the item being offered. As with absenting bidding, you must contact our office at least four hours in advance of the auction to arrange telephone bidding. Please note due to volume of telephone bid requests, this service is available on a first come-first served basis.

    Click here to fill out our Telephone Bid Form.
    *Not for use in online auctions. 

    Click here to download our Telephone Bid Form PDF.
    *Not for use in online auctions. 

    - Online Auction Bidding -

    Place online bids anytime up to the noted end time for the desired lot. If a bid is received in the final five minutes of the auction, the countdown clock is reset an additional five minutes, until no further bids are received. You can leave absentee bids by entering the maximum amount you would like to bid up to. The software will bid on your behalf up to that amount.



    After the Auction

    - Live Auction Payment -
    Payment for purchases must made within 48 hours of the auction.
    We accept payment by cash, travelers cheque, bank draft, electronic transfer (fee applies), VISA or Mastercard (up to $25,000). Canadian clients may also utilize INTERAC direct debit and certified cheque as payment. Waddington's requires credit cards to be presented in person by the cardholder and therefore will not accept credit card payments over the telephone, however fax authorization arrangements can be made. 

    - Online Auction Payment -
    After you have won an item in an online auction please wait to receive an invoice via email. Payment can be made using PayPal or any of the methods mentioned above.



    Shipping

    The auction house does not undertake packing or shipping. The purchaser must designate and arrange for the services of an independent shipper and is responsible for all shipping, insurance expenses and any necessary export permits that may apply. The auctioneers will, upon request, provides names of professional packers and shippers but will not be held responsible for the service or have any liability for providing this information. Reliable pre-auction estimates of shipping costs may be obtained from:

    Pak Mail
    905.470.6874
    905.470.6875 416.293.8225
    taurus@pakmailmarkham.ca
    www.pakmailmarkham.ca

    Envoy
    416.299.3367
    416.299.9750
    ph@envoy.ca
    www.envoy.ca

    Storage

    Items left after 10 days may be subject to storage fees on a per lot basis at $15/week unless otherwise notified upon payment.


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    UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



    Inuit Art Online Auction
    January 26-29, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 27 January 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    "Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
    January 26-29, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 27 January 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    View the Gallery


    Asian Art Online Auction
    February 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    British Paintings and Watercolours Online Auction
    February 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Decorative Arts & Silver Online Auction
    February 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    "Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
    February 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Inuit Art Online Auction
    February 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Jewellery & Watch Auction
    including Numismatics
    Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 1:00 pm


    On View:
    Tuesday 24 February 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Wednesday 25 February 2015
    from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


    Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects

    Contemporary Art Online Auction
    March 2-5, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 3 March 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Canadian Art Online Auction
    March 2-5, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 3 March 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    View the Gallery


    Fine Prints and Photography Auction
    Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 7 March 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 8 March 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 9 March 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

    View the Gallery


    Old Master and Related Works Online Auction
    March 16-19, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 17 March 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    "Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
    March 16-19, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 17 March 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Hollywood North: The FXSMITH Studio Collection Online Auction
    March 23-26, 2015


    On View:
    Saturday 21 March 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 22 March 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 23 March 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects

    Contemporary Art Auction
    Monday 13 April 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 11 April 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 12 April 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

    View the Gallery


    Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Online Auction: Part V
    Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 1:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 18 April 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 19 April 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 20 April 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Rug and Textile Online Auction
    April 27 - 30, 2015


    On View:
    Tuesday 28 April 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


    Jewellery & Watch Auction
    including Numismatics
    Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 1:00 pm


    On View:
    Tuesday 12 May 2015
    from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Wednesday 13 May 2015
    from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


    Canadian Fine Art Auction
    Monday 25 May 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 23 May 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 24 May 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 25 May 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Inuit Art Auction
    Monday 1 June 2015 at 6:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 30 May 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 31 May 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 1 June 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Asian Art Auction
    Monday 8 June 2015 at 6:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 6 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 7 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 8 June 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Fine Jewellery Auction
    Tuesday 9 June 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 6 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 7 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 8 June 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Decorative Arts Auction
    Monday 15 June 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 13 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 14 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 15 June 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


    Decorative Arts and International Art Auction
    Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 7:00 pm


    On View:
    Saturday 13 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 14 June 2015
    from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday 15 June 2015
    from 10:00 am to 12 Noon