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100-POINT FEVER


Most of us wine lovers have at one point experienced the nirvana that comes with the perfect glass of wine. Often, that perfect wine does not exist in isolation, but is accompanied by: the perfect date, a perfect meal, the perfect setting, or any number of other lovely things that are all part of the experience. Will any great wine taste better when it is shared with people you love and an inspired setting?

Well, there are some who would disagree and suggest that a perfect wine is simply a combination of a great region, exacting producer, ideal terroir and great vintage.

We are not here to argue either way, suffice to say that no less than 80 wines in our current auction are rated 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. A further 88 are rated between 97-99 points. From the classic 1989 Château Haut-Brion and 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild to newer vintages like the 2009 Château Leoville-Poyferre and the 2010 Château Petrus, perfection reigns supreme. Let’s not forget our friends in California like the 2001 and 2007 Harlan Estate, or the 2002 and 2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. The legendary Penfolds Grange from 1998 and 2001 couldn’t have scored higher either -- unless someone has invented the 200-point scale!

We encourage you to really dig deep into this auction; we know you’ll be greatly rewarded whether you are looking for mixed lots of well-cellared wine for the holidays, or if you are intent on filling your cellar with the best of the best. We’ve got it all.

As we do prior to the end of every auction, we’ll send out a list of some wines that still represent great opportunities. If you aren’t already on our fine wine email list, please visit Fine Wine Emails to subscribe. In the meantime, feel free to contact Joann, Devin or myself with any questions you may have.

Enjoy the auction.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist

Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Concrete Contemporary Art Auction


Lot 50 - KIM DORLAND Bush Party #6

The Fall 2017 Concrete Contemporary Art auction is perhaps the most diverse offering we have yet to put forward. Iconic abstractions by David Bolduc and Michael Adamson are offered side-by-side with a figurative Kim Dorland painting, while illustrative works by Marcel Dzama and Gary Taxali compliment the photo-based works of Barbara Astman and the Sanchez Brothers.

Two haunting landscapes by Wanda Koop are contrasted by a print featuring Alex McLeod’s futuristic, made-up world and mythical paintings by Stephen Appleby-Barr. Canada’s regions are all well represented; the range of works highlighting the diverse and abundant creativity of this country.

Once again we have partnered with Artsy.net for this live auction, inviting bidders from all over the world as we work to expand our market for Canadian contemporary art.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery this season and thank you for your support of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist

Auction:

Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Posted: 11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


FALL INUIT ART AUCTION ROUNDUP


This past Tuesday, 139 works of Inuit and Northwest Coast artwork were presented for auction at Waddington’s, the premier auction house for Inuit art and now in our 39th year of conducting Inuit art auctions. The energy from a week of exhibition culminated in our busiest preview ever and carried directly over into spirited bidding during the sale.

Highlights of the auction include:

  • Over 90% of works sold, well above industry standard, resulted in elated consigners and buyers alike.
  • Feverish bidding led to prices repeatedly exceeding the healthy pre-auction estimates for early stonecuts and stencils. Three iconic Niviaxie stencils were each hammered down above the $10,000 mark.
  • Sculptural form took precedence for collectors, with the elegant and understated 20” caribou by Osuitok Ipeelee selling for nearly $30,000.
  • Impressive prices were also commanded from our curated selection of small-scale sculptures, such as Judas Ullulaq’s wonderful 6” work in antler, which sold for almost three times its estimate at $2,840.
  • Contemporary works from artists such as Bill Nasogaluak and Suvinai Ashoona sold well and within or above estimate.
  • The strong interest displayed for the Northwest Coast works during the previews resulted in 11 pieces selling for over a combined $30,000.

This year, we made some long overdue changes to how we present Inuit artwork in our catalogues. The Inuit community names are now included. Artists’ names are now also displayed in Inuktitut syllabics. Furthermore, Inuit artists' disc numbers – rooted as they are in the colonial system – have been removed from the catalogue descriptions, and now only appear in the index for reference.

It was particularly nice to see some familiar faces reappear during the auction and previews this season, as well as to connect with some new collectors. The interest in the artform is truly in a transition period between long-standing collectors - to those newer to it, and the interaction between these collector profiles is exciting to see and is reflected in the results of the sale. For further information about this auction or consigning with us in the future, please contact me directly. Thank you to all of our consignors and buyers for a wonderful evening.

Christa Ouimet
Senior Specialist

 

Lot 51 JOHNNY INUKPUK WOMAN CLEANING A FISH REALISED: $21,600

 

Lot 60 NIVIAXIE HUNTER WITH BEAR                                REALISED: $13,200

 

Lot 63 OSUITOK IPEELEE CARIBOU ON HIND LEGS REALISED: $28,800

 

Posted: 11/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet


Having our colours done - for the fall season


I may be the only person old enough in the Canadian and Inuit Art departments to remember the craze of “having your colours done”. Trained colour consultants would be engaged to find colours for their clients to wear that best complemented their complexion, eyes, and hair colour, thereby enhancing one’s attractiveness and boosting one’s confidence. People were categorized as Seasons. Cool colour palettes were “Winters”, warm muted colours were “Falls”. You get the idea.

We know colour can have a powerful effect on us. Whether dramatic, sophisticated, soothing or subtle, colour impacts our mood and carries varied - even contradictory- cultural meaning. Our reaction to colour serves both a biological purpose, and an aesthetic ambition. 

Each season, one of our favourite projects leading up to the auction preview, which begins tomorrow (dates and times below), is determining the set up of our preview gallery in order to best enhance the works of art being offered that season. This involves decisions about layout, placement of lots, lighting and choice of wall colour. While I suspect I can be somewhat dictatorial about some of these decisions, the fact is they are largely predetermined by the sale itself. Once we reach our consignment deadline and begin laying out our catalogue, it becomes very apparent that we have a “blue” sale or a “coral” sale or a “violet” sale. Inevitably, one colour or two seems to dominate, and the rest falls into place accordingly.

This year, several key paintings inspired our choice of wall colour and we have developed spaces that contain families of paintings and sculpture which play off one another. They have been set in environments that have been prepared to enhance your ability to read them and enjoy them.

While Russell Foster, a neuroscientist at Oxford, maintains “The whole point of colour vision is not to inspire poets, but to allow contrast detection,” (Tom Chivers, February 2015, The Telegraph), I can’t help but take a slightly less scientific position. And while I can’t argue with an Oxford intellect, I hope the layout and design of our saleroom both pleases and inspires you. Please join us this season for a dose of chromotherapy.

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m a “Summer”).

Linda G. Rodeck, Senior Specialist

 

 

 

 

Canadian Fine Art Auction Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm

On View:

Thursday, November 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, November 17 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monday November 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Posted: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


November's Rich Offerings


Lot 54 RANDOLPH STANLEY HEWTON, SAINT-JOSEPH DE LÉVIS (detail)

While we’ve never had lunch together, exchanged greeting cards or, in truth, even met, my “good friend” Heather Reisman rarely lets me down.

When I am wandering around Indigo not quite finding the right read for the weekend, time and again I have relied on one of “Heather’s Picks”. Last week, it was Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It wasn’t long before I found myself identifying with our earliest ancestors.

Harari writes that for nearly our entire history Sapiens have lived as foragers and that even today “our brains and minds are adapted to a life of hunting and gathering.” I can tell you that there is a lot of hunting and gathering that goes in to putting together an auction and like the early Sapiens I, too, “roam from place to place in search of food”, with which to stock the auction catalogue larder; I, too, am “influenced by the changing seasons” and “explore new lands opportunistically” looking for areas that are rich in what will sustain us.

The life of a forager was varied, interesting, and rewarding we are told, and I can attest that the life of a modern art forager (that’s forager not forger) can also be very rewarding. “The forager's secret of success” says Harari “was their varied diet”.

Likewise, in this season’s sale you will find a “varied diet” of works of art that span hundreds of years of Canadian painting, that come from or were painted by artists from all over our enormous nation (my primary hunting ground) and which reflect, stylistically and attitudinally, myriad positions, schools and periods of Canadian Art making.

We hope you will take the time to work your way through the rich offerings of this season, stopping here and there to sample some of the fine works we have harvested for your enjoyment.

Click here for auction details

 

Posted: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Hey Our Vancouver Friends!


Emily Carr, Forest Clearing. Realised: $472,000

Considering selling a work of art? Need advice on estate planning or downsizing as it relates to understanding the value of an item or collection? We can help you find out what it's all really worth and what your options are.

Stephen Ranger, Vice President Waddington's, is joining me this week in Vancouver to talk about selling, buying or appraising art - and much more.

We've been invited to talk with a few groups already, but we're reserving the evening of Thursday, October 19 specifically for individual appointments. And as experts in the broadest range of art and objets d'art, this is a great opportunity for you to find out about more about your Asian, Canadian, International or Inuit Art; Decorative Arts; Fine Jewellery or Fine Wine.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

To make an appointment to discuss selling, buying or appraising your valued possessions with Stephen, please contact me: Jacqui Dixon, Director of Client Services, Western Canada jd@waddingtons.ca or 1.778.837.4588.

Just a reminder that I'm Vancouver-based and available at any time to provide guidance - so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

And for the rest of the world... our appraisal specialists are always happy to provide their expertise, no matter where you are. Find out more from our Appraisals Manager Ellie Muir at appraisals@waddingtons.ca or call 416.504.9100 / toll-free 1.877.504.5700.

 

 

Posted: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jacqui Dixon


Bright, Bold and Exceptional Quality Prints Attracts Bidders


Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Green (EK70-336) sold for $17,500

Our September 2017 Prints and Photography Online Auction Results

Responding to market trends for bright, bold and exceptional quality of minimalist prints, the highlight of our auction was Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue/Green (EK70-336) achieving a top five price for the artist’s prints this year. Selling for over three times the high estimate for $17,500, Blue/Green (EK70-336) caught the attention of many bidders. Reflecting the transition between Kelly’s postwar abstraction towards a minimalistic point of view, this work is a poignant and important time the artist’s career. Blue/Green is also a perfect example of the exactitude of the lithographic process, the crisp delineation between the ink and white spaces.

What Attracts Collectors to Prints?

Printmaking techniques are also important factors to consider when collecting and buyers were equally drawn to Kelly’s perfectionism. Another highlight from the auction was Josef Albers who’s I-S’K (from Homage to the Square) sold for $10,625. The instant recognisability of the artist’s style has grown in popularity by collectors. Not only precise, but the colours that each square dons, has strong links to the colour field movement, while also expressing minimalistic tendencies.

This print was a rarity on the market as the colour combination selected by Albers was unique, combining deep, rich colours contrasting with an apple green centre square, which was undeniably attractive to buyers.

There is clearly excitement around the Bauhaus movement and its artists within the art community from exhibitions to collecting taste, ranging from printmaking to architecture. This modern movement will be gaining strength and one to watch on the auction block for seasons to come.

What's Popular in Photography?

Black and white photography continues to dominate the market as buyers look to build their collection with notable, groundbreaking photographers of generations gone by.

Works by André Kertész performed exceptionally well with a perfect sell-through rate, totalling over $16,500. Not only in pristine condition, these works were particularly strong due to their direct provenance from Kertész himself, by way of a private collection near Toronto.

Why Buy Prints & Photography?

Prints and Photography are an affordable way to build your art collection, while also providing access to the very best artists. Waddington’s Prints and Photography department’s expertise draws top works by consignors globally, while also attracting bidders from around the world, remaining competitive with other international auction houses.

To find out more about our auctions and how to consign, please contact Holly Mazar-Fox, hmf@waddingtons.ca

 

Posted: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox


SEPTEMBER FINE WINE AUCTION A STUNNING SUCCESS!


Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus, price realised $4,860

Our inboxes have been buzzing with happy buyers and sellers as our September Fine Wine auction closed on Tuesday with 97.7 % of lots selling.

We thought we would share some of the auction statistics with you.

Total # of Lots  44
Total Estimates  $562,690-664,700
Total Hammer (bid)  $665,625
Total Realised (bid+premium)  $798,750
Total Bids Placed  4,334
Total Lots Sold  436
Total Lots Unsold  10
Sold Percentage  97.76%
Total Lots Sold Over High Est  335
Total Lots Sold Double High Est  23

All of this to say that throughout 2017 we have maintained an average of 97% of lots finding buyers at consistently strong prices.

Highlights of the auction:

Lot 96 - 1990 Chateau Margaux 1-6 litre bottle $10,560 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 23 - 1989 Chateau Haut Brion 4 bottles $8,160 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 135 - 1995 Opus One 6 bottles $5,100 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus 1 bottle $4,860 (including buyer’s premium)

For a full list of prices realised please see finewine.waddingtons.ca.

Upcoming auctions

We are finalizing lots now for our November auctions and are already in the planning stages for our February 2018 live and online auctions. Wine collectors considering selling are asked to submit lists for consideration at least 10 weeks prior to each auction. The dates for 2018 auctions are posted on the website.

We look forward to offering you another robust and invigorating offering online from November 20 - 28.

Cheers,

The Waddington’s Fine Wine and Fine Spirits Team

 

Posted: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Embracing Simplicity, Style and Workmanship


What do Eames and Miller have in common with Jensen, Hansen and Anderson?

Let’s start with they're all part of a resurgence of love for design inspired by the mid-century modern era in home furnishings, décor, art and architecture. A love for stylish, yet functional, clean-lined designs, exemplified by furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller.

It’s not hard to see why people are in love with this style once again. The scale and simplicity is perfect for anyone streamlining their life; whether you’re in pursuit of a more Zen-like environment or responding to the practicality of what works best in the structure of condo living.

And with the same style aesthetic, creations by the jewellery designers of that period are equally relevant and appealing today, with their focus on simplicity, style and workmanship.

The philosophy of designers Georg Jensen, Hans Hansen and David Anderson and others was to create designs of both functionality and beauty - craftsmanship at the forefront.

Our upcoming Silver & Costume Jewellery auction features several excellent examples by Jensen, Hansen and Anderson, as well as by lesser-known designers, whose designs are equally compelling.

If you are a lover of anything mid-century modern, make sure to you take a look at the many amazing offerings in our September 30 – October 5 online auction.

Here are a few lots that might appeal to your sense of style:

Lot 22 ERLING CHRISTOPHERSEN NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER PENDANT set with a granite specimen, and suspended on a silver chain
Estimate: $100—150
 
Together with:
 
Lot 36 MARICELA (ISIDRO GARCIA PIÑA) MEXICAN STERLING SILVER FRINGE NECKLACE, set with 7 amethyst cabochons
Estimate: $120—160
 
Lot 24 GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BRACELET, CIRCA 1960’s. Designer: Steffen Andersen, design #210
Estimate: $200—300
 
Together with:
 
Lot 63 NIELS ERIK FROM DANISH STERLING SILVER CIRCULAR BROOCH, set with an amber cabochon
Estimate: $60—80
 
Lot 65 PAIR OF TONE VIGELAND NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER EAR SLINGS, CIRCA 1960’s
Estimate: $80—120
 
Lot 61 BENT ERIKSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER NECKLACE AND CLIP EARRINGS
Estimate: $200—300

 

To view all the items in the September 30 - October 5 online auction visit: Silver & Costume Jewellery Auction.

 

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Posted: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert


Making Your Connection ...with Art


I watched the Emmys Sunday night. From start to finish. No fast forwarding. Stephen Colbert is reason enough to extract this level of commitment from me but I also experienced a revelation where I least expected it. From Donald Trump. Okay not THE Donald Trump but rather from Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his SNL portrayal of the current president.

I’ll have to paraphrase slightly, but Baldwin’s acceptance speech resonated with me. He said when we are at the end of our life, we won’t remember a bill that was passed or a supreme court decision or an address made by the president. We remember a book, or a line from a favourite play, a painting, a scene from a movie or a song. Unlike Proust and his madeleine cookies, for me it is music, books, and pictures that provoke strong memories and deep emotion, so I agree with Mr. Trump...I mean Alec.

When I walked around our sale room today, I was reminded of this: How the art we choose to surround ourselves with enriches our lives throughout our lifetime. There are pictures hanging now that I will really miss when they leave Waddington’s for their new homes but I won’t soon forget them. I’ve made a connection. Art helps us connect with each other, too. With people from our own time and those that have gone before.

We want to encourage you to come down and make that connection, too, so we’ve extended our viewing hours for the Select Auction and will stay open for you to visit Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 until 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Posted: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


The $5000 Auction Challenge


The Auction Challenge

We asked our good friend Mark Gleberzon to participate in a unique challenge. We asked him: "If you had $5000 to spend at auction - what would you choose?" With Mark's background as an artist and his own personal style and sense of design, it seemed like a challenge custom-designed for him.

Here was our original conversation with Mark:

W – What do you think will be the most difficult part of this challenge?

MJG – I am actually in the midst of looking for a new place to live. I sold and donated and actually even consigned some items to Waddington’s (!) looking for a fresh, new start. Even decor-wise. So, this challenge will be fun. And hey, I might end up bidding on one or two things to keep, for reals. The challenge will be to rein in the crazy! It's always easy to find items to "want". It's more difficult to commit to something I might actually "need". Unlike a retail store, I can't return my purchase from an auction house. My selections - even fictional - need to be thoughtful and practical.

W – How about you select a work of your own collection as a starting point, to build around. Perhaps a favourite piece of furniture or one of your own works of art?

MJG – The few furniture items I kept include a mid-century modern credenza and a cozy black-leather chair. And yes, we could certainly include one of my photos or paintings to use for further decor inspiration to draw colours and other considerations from.

W – Do you have a strategy when you’re bidding in an online auction?

MJG – budget and commitment are my two most important strategies when it comes to purchasing from an auction. It's always easy to see something and fall in like with an object. But reality must be considered. What am I really able to afford and will the object be what I need and will use and ultimately enjoy having in my home?

W – Do you have any words of advice for those new to the auction world?

MJG – I have several words of advice, starting with:

Do your research. Every auction maintains records of what has sold in previous sales. It's a fantastic resource to see market trends, realized prices and the kinds of items you’ll find in a sale.

Go to the viewing previews. If you're a stickler for perfection, look at the object you covet in person. Hold it. Feel it. See if there's a connection between you and it. Don't only go by photos. If concerned, ask if there's been any restoration. And hey, sometimes you can learn if the prior owner was a noted collector or someone famous.

When there's the opportunity to, attend a live auction, go. Perhaps first watch how people bid and even the kinds of people who are bidding. You will see seasoned buyers and collectors who love the small victory of their winning bids as well as seasoned bidders who may be dealers or designers, looking to re-sell or buying that special something for their client's home. Auctions can be somewhat slow but if you have the right auctioneer and bidding gets fierce, they can be rather entertaining.

When it comes to online bidding, watch how bids are placed and the increments at which prices go up. And if you take that leap of faith and bid yourself, be mindful of your budget!! That can't be stressed enough. Keep in mind you're not only paying the price of the winning bid but also the auction house premium (a pre-assigned percentage, usually) as well as those dreaded taxes. It's easy to get caught up in a bidding war. Unless the item is that unique or the opportunity too personally important to let the item be purchased by someone else, you may just have to show restraint and put the paddle down (in a live auction) or not press the 'bid' button (if you're bidding online)

W - Thanks Mark! That was a great primer for anyone new to the auction world.

 

Posted: 9/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


SEPT FINE WINE & SPIRITS AUCTIONS - A MAGNUM TASTING & MORE


We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready for a great fall season of Fine Wine and Spirits. Waddington’s Fine Wine department has been very busy over the last few months and we are pleased to report that our September auctions are ready to roll. The catalogues will be available in print and online before Labour Day weekend giving you lots of time to peruse the sale as you enjoy the last weekend of summer.

The Fine Wine and the Fine Spirits auctions will run concurrently online from September 11-19 at finewine.waddingtons.ca.

To celebrate the launch of the season and the bounty of the September auction Waddington’s Fine Wine will be hosting a Magnum Tasting on September 14 from 6-8 pm.

Representing some of our most impressive cellars, these wines exemplify the superb quality of the September sale. Here are the wines we look forward to enjoying with you:

1994 Ornellaia 1995 Tignanello 1995 Dominus 2000 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2005 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 2005 Chateau Gruaud-Larose 2009 Clos St. Jean Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous 2010 Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers

The tasting will start off with some delicious Champagne and excellent cheese. Tickets for the special tasting are $75.00 and are strictly limited as the wines are available in limited quantity. To order tickets please contact Brittany Boyd-Pyman at 416-504-9100 or bbp@waddingtons.ca.

Please also note that the deadline for consignments for the November auction is September 22. See finewine.waddingtons.ca for information on submitting lists for consideration.

Finally we wish to say thank you and farewell to our Inventory and Client Service Manager, Franklin Marcano, who is leaving Waddington’s for a job in the US in the energy sector. Many of you have got to know Franklin over the last two years and we will miss his graciousness and dedication to our Fine Wine clients.

We look forward to seeing you at the tasting and to your participation in the Fall auctions.

Stephen Ranger

Posted: 8/21/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Summer Wines and Fall Wine Auctions


When the weather heats up fine wine lovers often find themselves looking askance at big brooding Cabernets and Barolos and seek out the gentler pleasures of lighter whites, cru Beaujolais, and often these days, rosé, to quench their thirst. Regional Italian whites like Greco di Tufo, Bandols and Tavel from Provence, Morgons and Chenin Blanc from Beaujolais and the Loire provide exceptional drinks (and value), to match grilled summer fare. 


While most of these wines are not intended for, or even suitable for long term cellaring (and would rarely appear at auction), the price quality ratio has never been closer and the abundance of summer wines never better. 


This summer the Fine Wine department has been busy cultivating our cellar tans and preparing for the fall season with two major auctions planned for September and November. We are thrilled to tell you that the season is shaping up to be a blockbuster, with several important collections and estates slated for sale.


In particular, we are very excited about a major estate collection we will be offering in September that is a Bordeaux lovers dream. Multiple lots of Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Margaux, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Le Pin and Pétrus from great vintages of the 80’s and 90’s are only part of the offering. They are joined by an array of second, third and fourth growths as well as verticals and large format bottling’s of Dominus, Ornellaia, Sassicaia and Tignanello. The cellar is capped by Imperiales of 1990 Château Margaux and 1982 Château Pétrus as well as jeroboams of 1995 Château Margaux and 1981 Château Ausone. It may well be the most prestigious cellar we have yet to offer. All the wines have been purchased from highly reputable sources and impeccably stored. 


To help celebrate this magnificent cellar as well as our other excellent consignments, please save the date for Thursday, September 14 for a Magnum Tasting to kick off the season at Waddington’s. This will be a ticketed event with attendance strictly limited. Details will be posted in August including a full list of the wines to be poured. 


In the meantime, enjoy the warm temperatures, the sunshine, and of course, your favourite summer wines! 


Stephen Ranger 
Joann Maplesden
Franklin Marcano


 

Posted: 7/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


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. Please contact Sean Quinn for further information: sq@waddingtons.ca View the Auction Gallery



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


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Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Fine Wine & Fine Spirits Auction Results - May 2017


Dear Fine Wine Lovers,


The results are in and we are pleased to report that our May 2017 Fine Wine and Fine Spirits auctions were tremendously successful.


Wine boasted an astonishing 98.1% sell through rate with over 220 lots selling over the high-end estimate. Fine Spirits sold a solid 85% and demonstrated growing interest in this emerging category. Over 4,000 bids were placed in both sales and over 518 lots changed hands. Some major highlights of the auctions include:



  • A Sassicaia vertical 1995-2000: Estimate $1,400 to $2,000 - price realised $2,700

  • Japanese Karuizawa whisky: Estimate $2,000 to $2,300 - price realised $5,880

  • A Mouton Rothschild vertical 1945-2000: Estimate $55,000 to $65,000 - price realised $57,600

  • Three bottles of Château Pétrus 1979: Estimate $4,100 to $4,800 - price realised $5,280

  • Three bottles of Screaming Eagle CS 1999: Estimate $7,300 to $8,500 - price realised $9,000

  • A double magnum of Château Lafite Rothschild 1999: Estimate $2,800 to $3,300 - price realised $4,980

  • Two bottles of Château Haut-Brion 2000: Estimate $1,500 to $1,700 - price realised $3,900

  • A mixed lot of Le Petit Mouton 2005 (3 mag.) and Les Hauts de Pontet Canet 2009 (1 mag.) opened at a bid of $900 and after fierce bidding realised an incredible price of $3,300


To see all the results for the auctions please see:


View Wine Results


View Spirits Results 


Invitation To Consign Quality consignments for our September 2017 Fine Wine & Spirits Auctions are now being accepted for consideration - deadline is July 15, 2017. With such consistent success, we urge potential consignors for the fall auctions to get their lists to us as soon as possible in order to ensure a place in what is shaping up to be an exciting season of Fine Wine at Waddington's. Upcoming Auctions


We will be offering two major auctions: September 11 - 19, 2017 and November 20 - 28, 2017 For more information: https://finewine.waddingtons.ca/upcoming-auctions-events


For more information on the consignment process, please visit: https://finewine.waddingtons.ca/how-to-sell


Cheers from the Waddington's Wine & Spirits Team!

Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Bid on a Vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild


Drinkable Art Introducing Lot 289, an impressive 56-bottle vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild, 1945 to 2000. This vertical is a merging of two disciplines of art: outstanding oenology and sophisticated artistic labels. Each vintage of wine and label is unique to itself but as a whole collection reflects the passage of time. Salvador Dalí (1958), Joan Miró (1969), Marc Chagall (1970), Pablo Picasso (1973) and Andy Warhol (1975) are a few of the contemporary artists that have designed Château Mouton Rothschild labels; interestingly, for payment in cases of wine. History in a Bottle In 1945, Château Mouton Rothschild commissioned artist Philippe Jullian to create a unique wine label to celebrate the victory over Germany in World War II. Thus began the tradition of creating a unique wine label for every vintage. The labels are often topical, sometimes whimsical, but always quintessentially Mouton. The wine itself is also the closest one can come to drinking history; drinking this collection of wines would not only allow one to follow the evolution of the chateau's masterful work but to also follow the evolution of art, style and culture. Bidding To bid on this collective work of art, whether for the fantastic investment opportunity, the potential cellar crown jewel, or to drink history yourself, you must be registered for our online auctions. Fine Wine Online Auction May 8 - 16, 2017 Specialists: Stephen Ranger skr@waddingtons.ca Joann Maplesden jmm@waddingtons.ca


 

Posted: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Fine Wine & Spirits May Auctions


There are always great reasons to get excited for the Spring and it’s not just the return of the warmth and the green to our lives. For the Fine Wine Department at Waddington’s, it’s our Spring Auction running May 8-18.


We’ve carefully assembled over 400 lots of fantastic wines representing the best of what you can buy in the wide world of wine. Leading off with some beautiful trophies, like multiple vintages of Pétrus and Lafite, our Bordeaux offering culminates in a spectacular vertical of Mouton Rothschild featuring one bottle from each vintage 1945-2000. These wines were originally purchased at the Vintages auction in 2003 and have been lovingly stored in a custom built cellar in the east end of Toronto ever since. The vertical is like looking at history in a bottle and the condition of the bottles ranges from very good to excellent.


Speaking of condition, now is probably a good time to emphasize how seriously we take the provenance of each and every bottle we receive for consignment. Our team regularly makes cellar inspections and every bottle is examined of every lot we offer. If there is a question that the wine has been not properly stored, it is not accepted for sale. It is our duty to you to maintain the highest standards of quality and professionalism and we welcome all enquiries regarding provenance of the offering, every sale.


Getting back to the auction, please register and bid on a huge array of ready-to-drink red and white Burgundy from a notable cellar; more Châteauneuf-du-Pape and rare Rhône wine from a Mississauga collection; plenty of cult California, like Saxum and Dominus; multiple case lots of rare Italian wines as well as wonderful mixed lots of Bordeaux for special days or Mondays.


We hope you enjoy this auction and greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and support for Fine Wine at Waddington’s.


Stephen Ranger

Posted: 4/29/2017 12:00:01 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
February 19 - 27, 2018


Consignment Deadline: December 15, 2017


Fine Spirits Online Auction
February 19 - 27, 2018


Consignment Deadline: December 15, 2017


Fine Wine Online Auction
May 7 - 15, 2018


Consignment Deadline: March 16, 2018


Fine Spirits Online Auction
May 7 - 15, 2018


Consignment Deadline: March 16, 2018


Fine Wine Online Auction
September 10 - 18, 2018


Consignment Deadline: July 20, 2018


Fine Spirits Online Auction
September 10 - 18, 2018


Consignment Deadline: July 20, 2018


Fine Wine Online Auction
November 19 - 27, 2018


Consignment Deadline: September 21, 2018


Fine Spirits Online Auction
November 19 - 27, 2018


Consignment Deadline: September 21, 2018