Appraisal & Consignment Services

Waddington’s has been assisting collectors across Canada and abroad to achieve the fullest potential for their treasured objects since 1850. Client relationships nurtured over decades result in our access to the broadest networks of knowledgeable collectors appreciative of our diverse portfolio. We are recognized for our expertise in Canadian Art, International Art, Asian Art, Inuit, First Nations and Métis Art, Decorative Arts and Design, Fine Jewellery, and Fine Wine and Spirits.

We follow the highest standards of research and authentication. Our in-house specialists coordinate with appropriate authentication committees or artists’ authorities ensuring each artwork is offered to the international market with certification, where applicable.

Notable Collections

Over our many years in business, we have been entrusted with both important and unique collections, including the Sir Christopher and Lady Ondaatje Collection of Historical Canadian Art, Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection, the Toller Cranston Estate, the contents of Maple Leaf Gardens, and many other public and private collections. Key to our success has been our understanding of our clients’ needs and preferences, and our ability to customize our approach accordingly.

We invite you to browse our Prices Realised.


Waddington’s conducts around 100 auctions a year to a client database dedicated to buying fine art and luxury goods. Our creative, technology and marketing department markets and promotes our auctions and events across various platforms, including paid advertising, online marketing and social media engagement. Our auctions are supported by expertly-researched, fully-illustrated auction galleries, and our enhanced digital catalogues reach and are viewed by thousands of prospective bidders.

Waddington’s is the only top-tier auction house in Canada currently offering our auctions on Invaluable, to maximize our international reach. Invaluable is the leading online marketplace and auction technology provider in the industry, trusted by major international auction houses such as Phillips (London, NYC, Hong Kong, Geneva), Freeman’s Hindman (USA), Artcurial (France), and Dorotheum (Austria). The Invaluable platform directly benefits our clients in the following ways:

  • Highly engaged bidders: 475,000+ bids placed each month
  • Consistent collector volume: 4.76 million monthly visits
  • High-value market: $1 billion+ in annual demand
  • Worldwide reach: buyers from over 180 countries
  • Ever-increasing audience: Over 330,000 new account creations each year


There are many reasons you may require an appraisal, including:

  • Selling Your Assets
  • Corporate Collection Management
  • Downsizing and Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning and Tax Reporting
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Equitable Distribution, Divorce, Partnership Dissolution, Bankruptcy
  • Charitable Donation
  • Donation of Certified Cultural Property

Ready to sell?

If you’re ready to sell and are looking for a complimentary auction appraisal, we invite you to fill out our confidential Consignment Form.

Find Out More:

To discuss your appraisal and consignment needs, please contact us at:
416-504-9100 / 1-877-504-5700 or [email protected]


For appraisals of Fine Wine & Spirits, please contact our Fine Wine & Spirits Department