How to Buy at Waddington's



Waddington’s offers an array of buying forums to meet the diverse needs of our clients.
Each spring and fall we present our fine art auction seasons featuring the finest in Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, International and Inuit Art, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, and Fine Wine and Spirits. Quarterly Jewellery auctions and unique estate auctions fill out our live auction schedule, augmented by monthly online auctions featuring works from across all our departments. Waddington’s is also pleased to offer private sale and acquisition assistance as individual circumstances arise.

Finding out about all our auctions is easy.
Our interactive website allows you to search for specific items, artists or genres. Sign up for our email alerts to find out about upcoming auctions and events and ensure you never miss another auction. And don’t forget to follow us on social media – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 

Click here to find out about Upcoming Auctions
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Click here to Search Upcoming Auctions

What you should know before the auction

- Make sure you know when our auctions are offered. Details are included in our 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. Our auctions include live and online previews; check the dates and times.
- Explore the online catalogue of any auction you are interested in. Items are researched by our specialists and catalogued with an image, description and estimate, enabling you to bid confidently. Online catalogues and galleries can be found by selecting an auction on our Upcoming Auctions and Events Page.
- A printed catalogue may be available for some auctions; contact our office to order yours.
- 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.
- To find out more about the condition of the item, you can request a condition report from the specialist.

Important Notice for International Clients
Restrictions exist regarding the import and export of species protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). This includes but is not limited to items made of or containing bone (whalebone, etc.), ivory, tortoise shell, seal skin, rhinoceros horn and any other animal part and is strictly controlled or forbidden by most countries. Please review your country’s laws before bidding on pieces made of or containing these restricted items. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to inquire about and obtain the proper permits for artwork purchased that may contain restricted materials, if such permit can be obtained. Please contact the department for further assistance. For more information please visit www.cites.org

Fees
Waddington’s charges a buyer’s premium on the hammer price.

Buyer’s premium and applicable taxes are added to the hammer price. Taxes are exempt for any items directly shipped from our premises out of province and/or Canada.

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

Invaluable.com
23% - up to and including $50,000
18% - in excess of $50,000

Canadian Fine Art Live Auctions
18%

Live and Online Fine Wine and Spirits Auctions
20%

Click here to learn about Our Conditions of Sale

Join Waddington’s email lists to find out what auctions are coming up.
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Use our keyword search feature to be notified about items of specific interest.
Search Upcoming Auctions

Registering
You must register before bidding in any of our auctions; we've made it quick and easy to do.

Live Auctions
Registration for a live auction is free and can be completed at our office during the preview for an auction or on the night (or afternoon) of the auction. Upon completion of registration you will be assigned a bidding number.

Online Auctions
Registration for our online auctions is completed through our website. Once registered, you will be assigned a bidding 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
Waddington’s provides several convenient and secure methods for bidding at our auctions.

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

Absentee bids: Clients unable to attend an auction can register an absentee bid with our office. Waddington’s will 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 (4) 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 is through telephone bidding. As with absenting bidding, you must contact our office at least four hours in advance of the auction to arrange telephone bidding. Once registered for a telephone bid(s) you will be contacted by telephone by a member of our team just prior to the item being offered. 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. 

Realtime bidding at a live auction: Clients can also choose to bid in real-time via Invaluable.com.
Invaluable.com

Online Auctions

Once registered, you can 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 also 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.

Register

Payment
We accept payment by cash, traveler’s cheque, bank draft, electronic transfer (fee applies), VISA or Mastercard (up to $25,000). Canadian clients may also use INTERAC direct debit and certified cheque as payment. Payments not exceeding a total of $12,500 are accepted through PayPal.

Payment for purchases must made within 48 hours of the auction.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS
Restrictions exist regarding the import and export of species protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). This includes but is not limited to items made of or containing bone (whalebone, etc.), ivory, tortoise shell, seal skin, rhinoceros horn, and other animal parts, and is strictly controlled or forbidden by most countries. Please review your country’s laws before bidding on pieces made of or containing these restricted items. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to inquire about and obtain the proper permits for artwork purchased that may contain restricted materials, if such permit can be obtained. Please contact the department for further assistance. For more information please visit www.cites.org

Shipping
Waddington’s 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. We will, on request, provide names of professional packers and shippers but are not 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

Items purchased and not picked up after 10 days following the auction may be subject to storage fees on a per lot basis at $15/week, unless Waddington’s is otherwise notified at time of payment.

Fine Wine and Spirits - Pick Up and Delivery of Purchased Items

Pick Up
Clients may choose to arrange pick up of their purchased wine or spirits directly from Waddington’s. Please provide 48-hours notice to schedule a pick-up appointment through Kate Godin at kg@waddingtons.ca. Please bring a copy of your invoice; proof of age (minimum 19) may also be required. Lots must be claimed within one month of the date of the auction or storage fees will be applied.

Delivery
For delivery services within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) please contact Annie Gabrialovitch at The Messengers, 905.362.0822 Ext. 406 (annie@themessengers.ca) to arrange delivery of your wine. Clients are responsible for any charges associated with delivery arrangements.

For delivery services outside the GTA, please contact Perry Hehn at Envoy, 416.299.3367 (ph@envoy.ca) to arrange for shipment of your wine. Clients are responsible for any duties, taxes, shipping or other charges associated with shipping arrangements.

Note: Certain states or other countries may impose limitations on the amount of and quantity of alcoholic beverages that can be legally brought into their jurisdiction. Waddington’s is not responsible for obtaining shipping permits or licenses and advise our clients to investigate any possible limitations imposed by their local region.

Fine Wine and Spirits - Storage

Waddington’s fully understands the importance of maintaining an ideal, protected environment for the storage of fine wines and spirits. All wine and spirits consigned to our auctions will be stored at our storage associate The Vintage Conservatory that meets or exceeds the best standards of storage conditions.

Items purchased and not picked up after 30 days following the auction may be subject to storage fees at $4 per case per month, unless Waddington’s is otherwise notified at time of payment.

For extended storage please contact:
The Vintage Conservatory
100 Lombard Street, Toronto

For more information about our Fine Wine & Spirits auctions: click here.
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UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
May 16 - 19, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 17 May 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Auction Gallery


Wine Accessories Online Auction
May 16 - 19, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 17 May 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Fine Wine Online Auction
May 16 - 24, 2016


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 24 May 2016

Under the authority of the LCBO


Jewellery & Watch Auction
including Numismatics
Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 17 May 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 18 May 2016
from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday 30 May 2016 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday 27 May 2016
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday 28 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 29 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 30 May 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

View the Preview Gallery


Inuit and First Nations Art Auction
Monday 30 May 2016 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday 27 May 2016
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday 28 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 29 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 30 May 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

View the Preview Gallery


Inuit Art Online Auction
May 30 - June 2, 2016


On View:
Friday 27 May 2016
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday 28 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 29 May 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 30 May 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Asian Art Auction
Monday 13 June 2016 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 11 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 13 June 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

View the Preview Gallery


Asian Art Reference Books Library of Yukman Lai Online Auction
June 10 - 16, 2016


On View:
Saturday 11 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 13 June 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 11 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 13 June 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

View the Preview Gallery


Decorative Arts & International Art Auction
Monday 20 June 2016 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 18 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 19 June 2016
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 20 June 2016
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
June 27 - 30, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 28 June 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
July 4 - 7, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 5 July 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Asian Art Online Auction
August 22 - 25, 2016


On View:
Tuesday 23 August 2016
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm