How to Buy

We make it easy to find what you’re looking for

Our diverse auctions of fine art, decorative arts, fine jewellery and wine and spirits are accessible through online and live auctions as well as private, confidential acquisitions.

We offer works by renowned and emerging artists, desired designers and makers across diverse genres. We are also the go-to auction company for unique estate and specially curated auctions. Every item offered is carefully researched, catalogued and presented and our specialists are pleased to provide further information including condition reports when desired.

In total, we present over 50 auctions through the year online and live – offering virtually something for everyone.


Find Out About Our Auctions

Our website allows you to search for specific items, artists or genres.

Sign up for our email alerts to find out about upcoming auctions and events and ensure you never miss another auction.


How to Register

You must register before bidding in any of our auctions; it’s quick and easy to do:

Live Auctions

Registration for a live auction is free and can be completed at our office during the preview for an auction or on the night (or afternoon) of the auction – or via the online registration form on each auction’s detail page.

Online Auctions

Register for our online auctions through our website. You only need to register once to participate in all of our online auctions.


How to Bid

There are several convenient and secure methods to bid on our auctions:

Live Auctions

Bid in person: Raise your hand or your bidding number. Don’t be shy. After your first bid, the auctioneer will watch for you.

Absentee bids: Clients unable to attend an auction can register an absentee bid with our office. We will bid on your behalf to purchase the item at the lowest bid not exceeding your specified maximum. Absentee bids must be received at least four (4) hours prior to the auction.

  • You will find a link to the Absentee Bid Form form on each Live Auction’s detail page.
  • You can also leave an Absentee Bid by filling out the Absentee Bid Form PDF and faxing it to (416) 504-0033

Telephone bids: Contact our office at least four hours in advance of the auction to arrange telephone bidding. Just prior to the item being offered you will be contacted by telephone by a member of our team. This service is available on a first come-first served basis due to demand.

  • You will find a link to the Absentee Bid Form form on each Live Auction’s detail page.
  • You can also leave a Phone Bid by filling out the Telephone Bid Form PDF and faxing it to (416) 504-0033

Realtime bidding at a live auction: Clients can also choose to bid in real-time via Invaluable.com where available. (see Auction Details)


Once registered, you can place online bids anytime up to the noted end time for the desired lot.

If a bid is received in the final five minutes of the auction, the countdown clock is reset an additional five minutes, until no further bids are received.

You can also leave ‘absentee’ bids by entering the maximum amount you would like to bid up to; the software will bid on your behalf up to that amount.


Payment & Getting Your Purchased Item(s) Home

Following payment you can either pick up your purchased auction items or arrange for shipping. Items purchased and not picked up after 10 days following the auction may be subject to storage fees on a per lot basis at $15/week, unless Waddington’s is otherwise notified at time of payment.

Note: Waddington’s does not undertake packing or shipping. The purchaser must arrange for the services of an independent shipper and is responsible for all shipping, insurance expenses and any necessary export permits that may apply. We will, on request, provide names of professional packers and shippers but are not responsible for the service or have any liability for providing this information. Reliable pre-auction estimates of shipping costs may be obtained from:

PakShip
905.470.6874
905.470.6875
416.293.8225
taurus@pakship.ca
www.pakship.ca

Envoy
416.299.3367
416.299.9750
ph@envoy.ca
www.envoy.ca


Detailed Information

What you should know before the auction
  • Make sure you know when our auctions are offered. Signing up for our email notifications ensures you won’t miss out.
  • Be sure to note if the auction is conducted live or online. If offered online, you have to be registered to bid and it’s important to be aware of the closing date and time.
  • Our auctions include live and online previews; check the dates and times.
  • Explore the online catalogue of any auction you are interested in. Items are researched by our specialists and catalogued with an image, description and estimate, enabling you to bid confidently. Online catalogues and galleries can be found by selecting an auction on our Upcoming Auctions and Events Page.
  • A printed catalogue may be available for some auctions; contact our office to order yours.
  • Attend the preview whenever possible. You’ll have the opportunity to examine items and take advantage of the expertise of our onsite specialists.
  • To find out more about the condition of the item, you can request a condition report from the specialist.
  • Follow us on social media for the insider’s view – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The fine print of how you can bid and what you need to know:

Online Auctions

  • Registration for our online auctions is completed through our website. Once registered, you will be assigned a bidding number for an online auction when you log into your account.
  • Once registered, you can place online bids anytime up to the noted end time for the desired lot. If a bid is received in the final five minutes of the auction, the countdown clock is reset an additional five minutes, until no further bids are received. You can also leave absentee bids by entering the maximum amount you would like to bid up to; the software will bid on your behalf up to that amount.

Live Auctions

  • Registration for a live auction is free and can be completed at our office during the preview for an auction or on the night (or afternoon) of the auction or online.
  • Raise your hand or your bidding number given to you when you registered. Don’t be shy. After your first bid, the auctioneer will watch for you.
  • Realtime bidding at a live auction: Clients can also choose to bid in real-time via Invaluable.com.

Absentee Bids

  • Clients unable to attend an auction can register an absentee bid with our office. Waddington’s will bid on your behalf to purchase the item at the lowest bid not exceeding your specified maximum. Absentee bids must be received at least four (4) hours prior to the auction.
  • You will find a link to the Absentee Bid Form form on each Live Auction’s detail page.
  • You can also leave an Absentee Bid by filling out the Absentee Bid Form PDF and faxing it to (416) 504-0033

Telephone Bids

  • An alternative manner to participate in the auction is through telephone bidding. As with absenting bidding, you must contact our office at least four hours in advance of the auction to arrange telephone bidding. Once registered for a telephone bid(s) you will be contacted by telephone by a member of our team just prior to the item being offered. Please note due to volume of telephone bid requests, this service is available on a first come-first served basis.
  • You will find a link to the Telephone Bid Form form on each Live Auction’s detail page.
  • You can also leave a Phone Bid by filling out the Telephone Bid Form PDF and faxing it to (416) 504-0033

Fees

  • Waddington’s charges a buyer’s premium of 20% on the hammer price.
  • Buyer’s premium and applicable Canadian taxes are added to the hammer price. Taxes are exempt for any items directly shipped from our premises out of Canada.
  • Invaluable.com bidders will be charged a buyer’s premium of 25%

Conditions of Sale

Payment

  • We accept payment by cash, traveler’s cheque, bank draft, electronic transfer (fee applies), VISA or Mastercard (up to $25,000). Canadian clients may also use INTERAC direct debit and certified cheque as payment. Payments not exceeding a total of $12,500 are accepted through PayPal.
  • Payment for purchases must made within 48 hours of the auction.

Shipping

  • Waddington’s does not undertake packing or shipping. The purchaser must designate and arrange for the services of an independent shipper and is responsible for all shipping, insurance expenses and any necessary export permits that may apply. We will, on request, provide names of professional packers and shippers but are not responsible for the service or have any liability for providing this information. Reliable pre-auction estimates of shipping costs may be obtained from us.

Storage Fees

  • Items purchased and not picked up after 10 days following the auction may be subject to storage fees on a per lot basis at $15/week, unless Waddington’s is otherwise notified at time of payment.

Important Notice for International Clients

    • Restrictions exist regarding the import and export of species protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). This includes but is not limited to items made of or containing bone (whalebone, etc.), ivory, tortoise shell, seal skin, rhinoceros horn and any other animal part and is strictly controlled or forbidden by most countries. Please review your country’s laws before bidding on pieces made of or containing these restricted items. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to inquire about and obtain the proper permits for artwork purchased that may contain restricted materials, if such permit can be obtained.
    • Please contact the department for further assistance. For more information please visit www.cites.org