How to Sell Art at Auction House



Whether you have a few items to sell or require assistance to liquidate an estate, we will help you through each step in the process. Waddington’s has the broadest range of product knowledge and market expertise in Canada. Our experienced appraisers can provide you with preliminary auction estimates and suggested reserves.



Step One – Understanding your needs.

The first simple step is for a Waddington’s specialist to provide advice about your items’ market potential. This can be done by appointment at our office or by providing images together with any background information. To contact us please fill our the form found on our Contact Page.


Step Two – Determine a solution to meet your needs.

Once your items have been reviewed, we will contact you to discuss how we can best assist you.


Step Three – Finalize the plan of action

At this stage we will finalize the best course of action (type of auction, timing, estimates, reserves, etc.) to meet your needs and achieve maximum results. We will offer your items in the most appropriate market for maximum return. Waddington’s serves an extensive, domestic and international network of clients via multiple auction venues including both online and live auction services.




Our Fees

Our commission structure is a percentage of the hammer price, on a per lot basis, as seen below. Insurance is charged at 1% of the hammer price on all consignments. All items are insured while on Waddington’s. The insurance charge will be waived with written proof of independent coverage. You will receive a cheque and an itemized statement including a breakdown of fees within 35 days of the auction. 



- Waddington’s Toronto -

Up to $250 - 25%
$251 - $2,500 - 20%
$2,501 - $7,500 - 15%
$7,500 + - 10%

For items photographed and illustrated in printed catalogues the fees are as follows:

Small image - $20
¼ page - $50
½ page - $75
Full page - $100

For items offered in online auctions photography fees are $20 per item.



- Waddington’s - Toronto -
- Canadian Fine Art Department -

Up to $2,500 - 20%
$2501 - $7,499 - 15%
$7500 + - 10%

For items photographed and illustrated in printed catalogues fees are as follows:

¼ page - $150
½ page - $400
Full page - $800

For items offered in online auctions photography fees are $20 per item.



- Waddington's Cobourg -

Up to $40 - 50%
$41 - $250 - 30%
$251 - $2,500 - 20%
$2,501 - $7,500 - 15%
$7500 + - 10%

* All furniture is a 40% commission rate.

• A minimum handling charge of $100 will apply per consignment unless previous arrangements have been made.
• Items will be offered in three auctions. Items not sold by the third auction will be offered at with no reserve or returned to the vendor.


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UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection
Live Auction of Decorative Arts
Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 26 April 2014
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 27 April 2014
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 28 April 2014
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


*Please note that lots containing animal products (including, but not limited to ivory, tortoiseshell, leather, fur, etc.) may be subject to import/export restrictions.  Please contact the department with any questions. 

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The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection
Online Auction of Tribal Art and Weapons
April 28 - May 1, 2014


On View:
Saturday 26 April 2014
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 27 April 2014
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 28 April 2014
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

*Please note that lots containing animal products (including, but not limited to ivory, tortoiseshell, leather, fur, etc.) may be subject to import/export restrictions.  Please contact the department with any questions. 

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A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art

On View:
Thursday 1 May 2014
to Sunday 11 May 2014.

Gallery Hours:
Weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekends from 12 Noon to 5:00 pm

Daisuke Takeya Lecture:
Saturday 3 May 2014 at 2:00pm

Ink & Brush Workshop:
William Ho
Sunday 4 May 2014 at 2:00pm

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Numismatic Auction
Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 13 May 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Jewellery and Watch Auction
Wednesday 14 May 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 13 May 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 14 May 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday 26 May 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 24 May 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 25 May 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 26 May 2014 from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

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Inuit Art Auction
Monday 2 June 2014 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 31 May 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1 June 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 2 June 2014 from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

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Asian Art Auction
Monday 9 June 2014 at 6:00 pm


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

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Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday 10 June 2014 at 7:00 pm


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


Decorative Arts Auction
Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 14 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 15 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 16 June from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

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Charles Bronfman's Claridge Collection Auction
Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 2:00 pm


Saturday 14 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 15 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 16 June from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


International Art Auction
Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 14 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 15 June from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 16 June from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

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"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
June 23 - 26, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 24 June 2014
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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