Buying at Waddington’s

Waddington’s offers an array of buying forums to meet the diverse needs of our clients.
Each spring and fall we present our fine art auction seasons featuring the finest in Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, International and Inuit Art, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, and Fine Wine and Spirits. Quarterly Jewellery auctions and unique estate auctions fill out our live auction schedule, augmented by monthly online auctions featuring works from across all our departments. Waddington’s is also pleased to offer private sale and acquisition assistance as individual circumstances arise.

Finding out about all our auctions is easy.
Our interactive 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. And don’t forget to follow us on social media – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Click here to Search Upcoming Auctions

What you should know before the auction

- Make sure you know when our auctions are offered. Details are included in our email alerts and on our website.
- Be sure to note if the auction is conducted live or online. If offered online, 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 if possible. Examine items of interest and take advantage of the expertise of our specialists who are available to answer your questions.
- To find out more about the condition of the item, you can request a condition report from the specialist.

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. bidders will be charged a buyer's premium of 25%

Conditions of Sale
Conditions of Sale for Fine Wine and Spirits

Join Waddington’s email lists to find out what auctions are coming up.
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Use our keyword search feature to be notified about items of specific interest.
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You must register before bidding in any of our auctions; we've made it 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. Upon completion of registration you will be assigned a bidding number.

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. You only need to register once to participate in all of our online auctions.
Click here to Register for an Online Auction

Waddington’s provides several convenient and secure methods for bidding at our auctions.

Live Auctions
Bidding in person: Raise your hand or the bidding number given to you when you registered. 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. 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.

Click here to fill out our Absentee Bid Form.
*Not for use in online auctions.

Click here to download our Absentee Bid Form PDF.
*Not for use in online auctions.

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.

Click here to fill out our Telephone Bid Form.
*Not for use in online auctions.

Click here to download our Telephone Bid Form PDF.
*Not for use in online auctions.

Real-time bidding at a live auction: Clients can also choose to bid in real-time via

Online Auctions

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.


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.

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 other animal parts, 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

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:

Pak Mail


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.