How to Sell


Gardner Galleries works closely with estate executors and family members to provide the highest level of professional service in the dispersal of estate chattels, from a single item to an entire household. Gardner's also accept items from downsizing and family division. With three licensed auctioneers, two accredited members of the CPA (Canadian Professional Appraisers) and a track record of thousands of successful auctions we are the preferred choice for almost all area trust companies and estate solicitors.

Gardner Galleries strive to obtain the best results for consignors, uniquely offering three distinct auction formats to expose items for sale to the largest and most appropriate audience. Fine art is sold at internationally promoted semi-annual online catalogue sales, general merchandise in the bi-weekly Tuesday evening sales and where appropriate online auctions, typically specialized collections. Recent online sales have featured jewellery, books, art, watches, toys, figurines, model trains, Fiestaware, coins, stamps, Oriental rugs and other collections.

Gardner Galleries are pleased that a recent sale showcased how the firm makes every effort to achieve results for clients. Grant Gardner found a book hidden in the back of a closet for an estate with no immediate family, and after weeks of research realized that the market for the book was perhaps two to five prospective buyers in Australia. By skillful marketing and promotion sold the book for $1,800,000.00 plus premium, instead of a few hundred dollars if only promoted locally.

Acceptance of Items and Pre-Sale Estimates

Items are accepted on a daily basis for inclusion in upcoming auctions.

Free pre-sale estimates are provided at 407 Hamilton Road during office hours on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Please call ahead to ensure that an auctioneer is available to view your items. Photographs of items are acceptable for the purpose of pre-sale estimates--please email them to For estates or most of the contents of a home, free visits to the home can be arranged for a general overview and estimate of total value.  Prospective consignors are encouraged to have a Gardner's representative give an idea of value before sending items to auction, as our knowledge of the auction market can provide insight on what results may be expected.  Our policy is that we will not accept any items after they have been offered for sale previously, such as from a house tag sale or Kijiji. Gardner's knowledge of value, as with any fine art and estate auction firm, is a primary asset not to be wasted on leftovers from amateur sellers.

If a written appraisal is required, the fee is based on a competitive hourly rate, which may be refunded if the items are consigned for auction. Appraisals are conducted for probate, insurance and fair market value by accredited personal property appraisers.  Separation appraisals may be accepted on a limited basis with fee surcharge.

Office hours Monday and Wednesday to Friday 8:30am-5:00pm for receiving consignments, unloading area off Rectory St. 

Pickup and Delivery

As part of our goal to provide exceptional customer service throughout the entire auction process, we can provide for a reasonable cost our own staff and moving van for shipment of items.

Commission Rates

Commission rates include everything except cartage. Unlike many other auction houses there is no extra charge for photography, insurance, internet listing, cataloguing, advertising, etc.

The standard selling commission rate is 25% with a minimum total consignment value of $500 - special circumstances, including where the overall quality is above average may result in a lower quoted rate; where the overall quality is very low, the result may be a higher rate or refusal of the consignment.  


Payment is processed 14 to 28 days following the auctions. Consignors receive a computerized printout of the results with an itemized list of every lot sold. Reserves are only accepted if less than our pre-sale low estimate. If the item(s) does not reach the reserve, a cataloguing charge is applied.

Gardner Galleries is the only auction firm in the London metropolitan area dealing exclusively with art, antiques and estate furnishings, recently handling sales for TD Canada Trust, Scotia Trust, BMO Trust, Public Guardian & Trustee, Oak Trust, Royal Trust and many others.