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



"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
August 25 - 28, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 26 August 2014
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Jewellery & Watch Auction
Wednesday 10 September 2014 at 7:00pm


On View:
Tuesday 9 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm




Inuit Art Online Auction
September 15-18, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 16 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Asian Art Online Auction
September 15-18, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 16 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Canadian Art Online Auction
September 15-18, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 16 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Gallery


Contemporary Canadian Pottery by Kayo O'Young and Diane Nasr Online Auction
September 15-18, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 16 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Canadian Contemporary Art Auction
Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects

Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 7:00pm


On View:
Saturday 20 September from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 21 September from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 22 September from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

View the Gallery


Art with Heart ( Auction Preview )
October 2-5, 2014




Fall Auction Highlights Week Preview
October 2-5, 2014




Toronto History: A Private Library Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Maps, Militaria and Arms Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Science, Technology and Medical Equipment Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Decorative Arts Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Charles Bronfman's Claridge Collection Online Auction: Part III
October 13-16, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 14 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Asian Art Online Auction
October 27-30, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Vintage Wine Accessories Online Auction
October 27-30, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
October 27-30, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Silver and Costume Jewellery Online Auction
October 27-30, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Modern Studio Glass Online Auction
October 27-30, 2014


On View:
Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Numismatic Auction
Tuesday 4 November 2014 at 7:00pm


On View:
Tuesday 4 November 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Jewellery & Watch Auction
Wednesday 5 November 2014 at 7:00pm


On View:
Tuesday 4 November 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 5 November 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Inuit Art Auction
Monday 17 November 2014 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 15 November 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 16 November 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 17 November 2014 from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday 24 November 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 22 November 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 23 November 2014 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 24 November 2014 from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Asian Art Auction
Monday 1 December 2014 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 29 November from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 30 November from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 1 December from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 29 November from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 30 November from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 1 December from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Decorative Arts Auction
Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 6:00 pm


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


International Art Auction
Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 7:00 pm


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