How to Sell



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.


• 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



Water's Edge
A Pan-American Photography Online / Silent Auction
Produced by No.9:
Contemporary Art & the Environment

June 23 - July 9, 2015




Inuit Art Online Auction
July 6 - 9, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 7 July, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Gallery


Asian Art Online Auction
July 6 - 9, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 7 July, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Gallery


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
July 6 - 9, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 7 July, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Gallery


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
August 24 - 27, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 25 August, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Rug and Carpet Online Auction
August 24 - 27, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 25 August, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
August 24 - 27, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 25 August, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Decorative Arts & Silver Online Auction
September 14 - 17, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 15 September 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


19th Century Continental Paintings Online Auction
September 14 - 17, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 15 September, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Jewellery & Watch Auction
including Numismatics
Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Tuesday 15 September 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 16 September 2015
from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Canadian Art Online Auction
September 14 - 24, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 22 September, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 23 September, 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Canadian Contemporary Art Online Auction
Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects
October 19-22, 2015


On View:
Tuesday 20 October 2015
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Fine Prints and Photography Auction
Monday 2 November 2015 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 31 October 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 2 November 2015
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Inuit Art Auction
Monday 16 November 2015 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 14 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 15 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 16 November 2015
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday 23 November 2015 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday 20 November 2015
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday 21 November 2015
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday 22 November 2015
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm
Monday 23 November 2015
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Asian Art Auction
Monday 30 November 2015 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 28 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 29 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 30 November 2015
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Saturday 28 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 29 November 2015
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 30 November 2015
from 10:00 am to 12 Noon


Decorative Arts Auction
Monday 7 December 2015 at 7:00 pm


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


Decorative Arts and International Art Auction
Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7:00 pm


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