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Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction


The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture.

Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

We are pleased to accept consignments for this auction, please contact Sean Quinn for further information: sq@waddingtons.ca

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CITY OF TORONTO QUEEN VICTORIA DIAMOND JUBILEE ENAMELLED GOLD MEDAL, 1897

Estimate: $2,000—3,000

PROVINCE OF CANADA LAND GRANT TO SIR SANFORD FLEMING, 1856

Estimate: $300—400



LARGE SILVER CANADIAN INDIAN PEACE MEDAL, 1860

Estimate: $2,000—3,000





AFTER JOHN S.C. SCHAAK (ACTIVE WESTMINSTER 1761-1769), BRITISH MAJOR GENERAL JAMES WOLFE, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES ON THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC, 1759

Estimate: $3,000—5,000

JOHN MARSHALL & CO. ‘CANADIAN SPORTS’ LARGE BASIN, 1880S

Estimate: $150—250
Posted: 1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Fine & Rare Wine Live Auction Nota Bene Feb 25


Dear Wine & Fine Spirit Lovers,

Don't miss our special auction of Rare & Fine Wine on Feb 25 at Nota Bene. 200 top lots from excellent private cellars featuring the best of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Champagne, Italy, Spain, California and Australia; virtually all the first growth Bordeaux, Premier and Grand Cru Burgundian producers as well as excellent selections of Cult California Cabernet and Super Tuscans, combined with the opportunity to spend the afternoon at one of Toronto's best restaurants.

Location: Nota Bene, 180 Queen Street West, Toronto
Guests are welcome to bring a special bottle (corkage fee - $30) or order from Nota Bene's wine list.

Time: Live Auction - 1:30 pm

We are extremely excited to be holding this event and look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,
Stephen Ranger

Find out more about Nota Bene: www.notabenerestaurant.com

Posted: 1/25/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Fine Wine Auction Report


5 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 sold for $15,600
With 92% of all the lots sold in our November auction, we are delighted to report a highly successful end to Waddington’s wine auction year. Highlights of the auction:

- Auction total $645,792 (including premium)
- Our best sell-through rate to date with 2,300 bids placed on 505 lots
- 137 successful bidders

Here’s a sampling of some of the top lots:

Lot 287 - 5 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 sold for $15,600
Lot 324 - 4 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 sold for $7680
Lot 483 - Single bottle of Chateau Petrus 2000 sold for $4800
Lot 141 - 12 bottles of Opus One 1996 sold $4320
Lot 94 - 3 bottles of Masseto 2007 (OWC) sold for $3120

It's safe to say that the success of this auction also bodes well for the addition of some very fine offerings to the wine lists of Toronto’s prominent dining establishments.

SAVE THE DATE!

Our 2017 wine auction season will include a blue chip offering to be sold live at Toronto's Nota Bene Restaurant on February 25. Chef David Lee will prepare an exquisite three-course lunch before we launch into the auction. Tickets for the lunch are strictly limited, but all are welcome to attend the auction itself. What a great way to chase away the mid-winter blues! Ticket and menu information will be available shortly.

Other fine wine auctions scheduled in the new year include online auctions February 20 - 28, and May 8 - 16. Consignment deadlines will be shared shortly.

Until then - we wish you all the best for the season ahead and thank you for your continued passion for fine wine at Waddington’s.

4 bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 - $7680
Single bottle of Chateau Petrus 2000 - $4800


12 bottles of Opus One 1996 - $4320
3 bottles of Masseto 2007 (OWC) - $3120
Posted: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


FINE WINE BLOG NOVEMBER 2016


Lot 244 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE-POYFERRÉ 2009 St. Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
12 bts. per lot $2,300 - $2,600
The November auctions feature a cornucopia of treasures for Fine Wine and Spirits lovers that are sure to please every palette and budget. With over 500 lots of wine and 133 lots of fine spirits, this may be our most diverse offering to date as we complete our first full year of Fine Wine auctions at Waddington’s. All the great names in Bordeaux, California, the Rhone, Champagne, Italy, Spain, California, Port and Australia are beautifully represented.

As we approach our anniversary, we wanted to share some things we've learned from our clients. First of all, the vast majority prefer our online format to the live auctions as it offers the time and leisure to peruse the catalogues closely in the comfort of home or office or on your mobile device. We also offer a printed catalogue for those who have purchased in the past, to make notes and study, away from the screen of your computer. If you would like to receive one in the future, please send us a note and we will be happy to oblige. Please note however, the online gallery is usually available at least a week before the printed version.

Secondly, there is a hard core who love coming to a live sale - and to that end we will be hosting a live auction on February 25 at Note Bene in Toronto. More details will follow shortly along with a beautiful luncheon menu prepared by star chef David Lee. Reservations are required for the luncheon, but the auction will be open to the public.

As usual we wanted to share some highlights of this November's auction.

Lots 67 through 107; Italian magic featuring case and half-case verticals of Super Tuscans and rare gems.

Lots 244, 245, 246 are full case lots of the 100 point rated 2009 Chateau Leoville Poyferre, a veritable trove of greatness.

Lots 358 through 398 features an array of hard-to-find cult California Cabs and Pinot Noirs.

Lots 496 through 507. If size is your thing, please have a look at the large format bottles perfect for a winter feast, or maybe just lunch!

If you are having difficulty finding a particular wine please use the wine searcher tool we have custom-developed that will make it easy to find any producer, vintage or format in the auction. winesearch.waddingtons.ca

We welcome your comments and suggestions at any time. Please visit finewine.waddingtons.ca for our full 2017 auction dates and deadlines for consignment.

Wishing you good luck in your bidding as well as lots of vinous pleasure for the Holiday Season.

To bid in the current fine wine and spirits auction please visit onlineauctions.waddingtons.ca

Posted: 11/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Fine Wine & Spirits Autumn 2016


While the sunshine is reminiscent of summer, days are getting shorter as collectors’ thoughts turn to sipping some of their favourites in the cooler days ahead. Our concurrent November 14-22 Fine Wine and Fine Spirits auctions will be sure to satisfy.

Following a busy season of harvesting and gathering, when we bring together all the artwork, objects and everything else for our fall auction season, our fall appears to be a season of plenty. With our successful September 12-20 fine wine auction and our November 14-22 sale, we will be offering over 1000 lots this November. The quality of the offerings is outstanding, anchored by three major cellars from Toronto, Mississauga and Prince Edward County.

One of the many truisms I have found in the wine world is that a wine often never tastes better than right where it was made, in the cave or tasting room of the producer. One of my favourite memories was a trip I made through the Southern Rhone Valley one summer many years ago. The mistral was fierce, blowing through the valley with a force that left my ears ringing, but the wines in villages like Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape matched with the local Provençal cuisine were simply outstanding and a respite from the wind. Sampling them with their producers, salt of the earth farming families, was truly magical and remains an important moment in my personal pursuit of great wine experiences.

I came across an article in Wine-Searcher that helps explain Burgundy labels to novices. Here’s the link:

www.wine-searcher.com



Posted: 7/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


FINE WINE ONLINE AUCTION UPDATE MAY 2016


If there is a moment in your glorious long weekend when you find yourself alone in front of the computer dreaming of a great bottle of wine, make sure you check out what we have to offer in our online fine wine auction.

If the south of France is your thing, in particular the Southern Rhone Valley, then bliss will find you as the sale is spectacularly endowed with great wines from all the top producers of Chateauneuf du Pape. We have it layered in three sections of the auction, so to save you time scrolling through, here’s where to look: Lots 60-97, Lots 159-209, Lots 283-336.

All these gorgeous wines are from one splendid cellar from a collector obsessed with buying the best the region has to offer. Beaucastel, Rayas, Marcoux, Pegau,Vieux Telegraphe, Sabon, 100 point rated 2001 La Mordoree, they are all here. Many are in original wood cases or original carton, purchased on release from the LCBO or SAQ and perfectly cellared since. Check out the ratings on these beauties, most score in the mid to high 90’s and many are ready for current consumption.

So, now that we have at least some of your weekend sorted out, please plan on spending at least a little time out of doors!

When we were assembling the fine wines for our May online auction, one theme emerged above all others. This is a group of wines made for drinking. Yes, there are some collectible gems like the suberb Chambertins of Armand Rousseau and the case lots of Chateau de Beaucastel Homage a Jacques Perrin, yet the majority of wines in the auction represent great opportunities for wine collectors, afficianadoes and restaurateurs to buy great, and in some cases, legendary wines for current enjoyment.

The sale begins with an abundance of ready-to-drink Bordeaux in case quantities and is anchored by an exquisite southern Rhone valley cellar featuring an incredible array of Chateauneuf du Pape wines from legendary producers such as Clos St. Jean Deus Ex Machina, Beaucastel, Grand Veneur, Chateau Rayas and Domaine de Marcoux among others. There is also a very interesting collection of wines from a prominent Toronto chef’s collection, some lovely vintage Salon and a number of rare California cult wines in original wood. For those of you who enjoy purchasing mixed lots of Bordeaux, you will be delighted. For current drinkability, this auction ticks all the boxes!

We have made some changes as a result of feedback from our clients. The sale will run a full eight days from May 16-24 giving lots of additional time to bid and will begin closing at 6 pm as opposed to an afternoon closing. We have also included far more tasting notes and ratings than in the first online auction.

View the May 16-24, 2016 Fine Wine Online Auction Gallery

View the May 16-24, 2016 Fine Wine Online Auction Catalogue PDF

For those of you interested in consigning to future auctions, we have streamlined the valuation process in order to get information back to you much more quickly. We have two more auctions scheduled for this year. Mark your calendar with the following dates:

Fine Wine Online Auction
Fine Spirits Online Auction
September 12 - 20, 2016
Consignment Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

Fine Wine Online Auction
November 14 - 22, 2016
Consignment Deadline: Friday 9 September 2016

We are planning some tasting and social events this fall and we certainly welcome your feedback anytime.

Posted: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Fine Wine Auction February 27, 2016


Bringing Back Wine Auctions to Ontario!

Our inaugural live fine wine auction will be sure to please fine wine and spirits enthusiasts. Conducted at our Toronto gallery we’re excited to offer 437 lots of fine wine, featuring:

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin 2010 Grand Cru (2 bts/lot);
Château Pétrus 2008 in original wooden case (6 bts/lot);
Jacques Prieur Musigny 2005 (3 bts/lot);
Comte Georges de Vogüé 2006 in original wooden case (6 bts/lot);
Château Rayas 2007 (6 bts/lot);
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 in original wooden case (3 bts/lot).

The auction also includes multiple lots of rare Rhone wines from exceptional vintages and highly rated Grand Cru Burgundy.

Canada’s pre-eminent wine auctioneer and Waddington's Vice President Stephen Ranger is pleased that Waddington’s is able to assist Ontario fine wine and spirits collectors with their collections. Ranger notes, “Auctions are an excellent way to build a fine wine portfolio and provide an opportunity to buy wines that aren’t available through other channels Auctions are also a great way to help restaurants build world-class wine lists.”

Waddington’s was awarded the exclusive contract to provide fine wine and spirit auction services in Ontario under the authority of the LCBO, a first for an Ontario auction company. Waddington’s had conducted the LCBO’s Vintages Fine Wine and Spirits auctions from 2009 until 2013.

This auction begins at 10 am. Doors open at 9:30 am.

To find out more about this auction visit: finewine.waddingtons.ca


Posted: 2/26/2016 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Good Spirits Are Always In Season...


PAPPY VAN WINKLE`S FAMILY RESERVE 20 YEAR OLD KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON
$1,500—1,700 per bottle
Good spirits are always in season, especially in the post holiday depths of winter, so with that thought in mind, we welcome 2016 with two auctions. We begin with an online auction of Fine and Rare Spirits (February 22-25), followed by our rescheduled live auction of Fine Wine on Saturday, February 27.

Our historic Fine and Rare Spirits auction is led by lovingly tended collections of rare Scotch, Cognac and Bourbon including three (yes, three!) bottles of the super rare Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year Old Bourbon. This rare spirit seldom finds its way to the Great White North and will be sure to keep you warm through the winter. All three bottles are in impeccable condition.

The live Fine Wine auction features among other smaller offerings, two major Toronto area collections. The first features an almost comprehensive library of Southern Rhone wines, focused on the great wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Multiple case lots, many in original wood, have all been perfectly stored and purchased directly from the LCBO. Due to the quantities in this collection, we will offer it in two parts, the second scheduled for our May online auction. The other featured collection is an outstanding Parker points topping group of wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, California and Spain. Truly a connoisseur’s selection, expect to see producers such as Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Margaux, Petrus, Armand Rousseau, Vogue, Dujac, single vineyard Guigal, Chave, Beaucastel, Rayas, Screaming Eagle, Scarecrow and Dominus among many other rare offerings.

As we continue to roll out the Fine Wine auction program, consignments are being considered for the next online auction in May 2016. Please contact either Stephen Ranger or me directly for more information. The live sale will begin at 10 am on Saturday, February 27. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and we look forward to seeing you in the saleroom at 275 King Street East as we begin 2016 in high (and fine) spirits!

Posted: 1/12/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Ryan Corrigan


WADDINGTON’S FINE WINE UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015


Dear Wine Lovers,

Our online wine auction is underway! The auction features over 300 lots of superb Bordeaux, Grand and Premier Cru Burgundy, great cult California, Super Tuscan rarities, vintage Port and a host of other wonderful wines from around the world. The auction also features a stunning collection of wines by the famed producer Louis Jadot, all in magnum format!

The online auction site is live from November 23 at 9 am to 2 pm on November 26. If you haven’t bid online with us before, be sure to register at onlineauctions.waddingtons.ca.

As much as we have been busy with the online sale, we’ve also been working furiously at preparing the December 12th live Fine Wine Auction. This live sale will feature more than 300 lots of superb wines from the greatest wine producing regions of the world. We look forward to welcoming you to our King Street, Toronto gallery for this gathering of the fine wine community.

Our 2016 auction schedule will include four online auctions and a live auction as well as special events and tastings throughout the year. If you are interested in consigning to any of our upcoming auctions, please contact my colleague, Ryan Corrigan at rtc@waddingtons.ca.

Our auctions are conducted under the authority of the LCBO, but are fully managed by Waddington’s. Please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of assistance with any wine related enquiry. My direct line is 416-847-6194 or email skr@waddingtons.ca.

We look forward to bringing the Fine Wine auction market back to Ontario.

Posted: 11/12/2015 9:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



Fine Wine Online Auction
May 8 - 16, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Spirits Online Auction
May 8 - 16, 2017


This auction will start closing at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Wine Online Auction
September 11 - 19, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Wine Online Auction
November 20 - 28, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO