Two Unique Auctions at Waddington’s this November

Both auctions are offered online November 7 – 12.


Patrick Amiot (Canadian), TTC Red Rocket Streetcar 504
polychromed clay, acrylic, height 91.4 cm, width 40.6 cm, length 167.6 cm
Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Waddington’s is delighted to present two uniquely Canadian auctions this November.

The Wild and Wonderful World of Richard LaPrairie Auction is a selection from the eclectic and playful estate of Toronto-based philanthropist Richard LaPrairie.

Described by his nephew for the Globe and Mail: “Art was the defining passion of Richard’s life. He was a canny collector: paintings, ceramics, installations, indigenous art. He cared only that the art was individual, witty, colourful and eye-catching. He said that he did not choose the art: The art chose him. Richard bought art that he loved, with little care for resale value, and was dedicated to supporting young and emerging artists. His home doubled as a gallery, and many art lovers visited for informal tours.”

From the quirky to the extraordinary, the auction includes Canadian ‘Outsider Art’, works by ‘junk artists’ Patrick Amiot and sculptor Andrew Benyei, ‘found object folk art’ and ‘steampunk’ sculpture, as well as paintings by Lindee Climo, Brian Burke and Sean Yelland. Of distinct interest to hockey fans will be Patrick Amiot’s series of hockey players, and riders of Toronto’s public transit will enjoy ‘TTC Red Rocket Streetcar 504’, complete with passengers.

Richard LaPrairie was an ardent supporter of Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium and it was his wish that the proceeds from his estate went to the privately funded, volunteer-based organization. Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium provide children with cancer and their families with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching, and magical experiences.


North York Rifles Painted Drum, 19th century, height 35.6 cm, diameter 39 cm
Estimate $800-$1,200

The Canadian Art, Culture and History Auction will appeal to collectors of Canadian art and all forms of Canadiana. The auction serves as a celebration of Waddington’s 170th anniversary, featuring examples of Canadian culture, history and art, from across our beloved country. Among the highlights are memorable artefacts from iconic Canadian institutions like the NHL, the Globe and Mail, the National Film Board of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Canada, and Grenfell Labrador Industries.

Works by Canadian masters are also represented, including bronze sculpture by Alfred Laliberté, Louis-Philippe Hébert and Henri Hébert, paintings by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté and Jack Beder, and a vibrant tapestry by Gershon Iskowitz. For Canadian political history buffs, the auction also showcases signed letters from two Prime Ministers, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfred Laurier, as well as a wide selection of early maps, weapons and flags, including a 19th century North York Rifles Painted Drum. Fans of Canadian architecture will appreciate the presentation scale Model of the Toronto Dominion Centre, 1965, with its wooden carrying and display case.

Previews for both auctions are available by appointment only. Please contact us at for more information.

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit, Indigenous, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416-504-9100 / 1-877-504-5700
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