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.



- 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



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