Waddington's (Canadian Auction House)



2015-06-26 10:34:46

Waddington’s is Canada’s premier auction house, dealing in a wide variety of antiques and fine art.

Based in Toronto, the company conducts over 30 varied auctions each year, along with weekly online auctions, monthly art auctions, specialty and fine art auctions.

Their team of experts cover over 30 categories including European and American Art, Photography, Glass, Silver, Jewellery, Furniture, Ceramics, Books and Ephemera.

The company also offers expert appraisals for the purposes of insurance valuation, probate, ‘Fair Market’ value and estate planning.


Joyner Canadian Fine Art

Specialists - Geoffrey Joyner, Rob Cowley

Inuit Art

Specialists - Christa Ouimet, Duncan McLean

International Art

Specialist – Susan Robertson

Decorative Art & Design

Specialists – Bill Kime, Alastair McLean

Asian Art

Specialist - Anthony Wu

Fine Jewellery

Specialist - Don P. McLean

Jewellery & Watches

Specialist - Don P. McLean


Waddington’s began life in 1850, when Canadian settler Andrew Henderson of Paisley, Scotland, opened his auction rooms. He was then joined by his son Charles, who would later give Henderson's its high profile and notoriety.

In 1863, the company moved to 128 King Street East where the "C. M. Henderson & Co. - Auctioneers" sign would hang over the entrance for the next 75 years, establishing Henderson's as the auction house of Toronto.

The business passed on to Charles' son Douglas, and in 1939, ownership of the company was transferred to Douglas' partner Frank Waddington. As the new proprietors, the Waddington family re-named the auction house 'Waddington's', and steered the successful business for the next four decades.

In 1962 the company was bought by young British auctioneer Ronald McLean, who continued to run the business until his retirement in 2000. Today the company is run by his three sons Alastair, Duncan and Donald, employs over 30 full-time staff and a roster of specialists to support all aspects of the auction and appraisal business.

Notable sales

Vintage clothing

  • The dress Princess Diana wore to a White House state dinner in 1985, when she famously danced with John Travolta, sold for $800,000 at Waddington’s on June 23 2011, alongside 13 other gowns she had owned.


  • A 15-piece Barr, Flight & Barr Worcester dessert service sold for $85,100.00


  • A platinum cocktail ring, set with a fancy yellow European cut diamond, sold for $29,000
  • A fine art deco platinum filigree brooch sold for $34,000

Film memorabilia

  • An original ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ movie poster sold for $13,500

Rugs and carpets

  • A Fine Serup Heriz Serapi rug sold for $23,000
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