About

An industry leader, Stephen Ranger is Canada’s most sought-after and experienced auctioneer. Specializing in fine wine and contemporary and modern art, Stephen is Vice President of Business Development, and a partner in Canada’s oldest auction house, Waddington’s. He has held senior positions in major national auction houses specializing in fine and decorative arts since 1995.

In 2002, Stephen was instrumental in creating a partnership with Sotheby’s Canada for the sale of Important Canadian Art, realizing sales over $100 million. In 2011, he and Waddington’s launched Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects, creating the first dedicated sales for the secondary market of important Canadian contemporary art.

In 2002 Stephen also championed the establishment of the first commercial wine auctions in Canada, in partnership with the Liquor Board of Ontario (LCBO). To date, he has conducted sales totaling in excess of $20 million dollars. Waddington’s remains the only company authorized to conduct auctions of fine wines and spirits in Ontario.


 

Social good is an important part of Stephen’s business philosophy. Each year, he lends his expertise and auction services to over twenty-five non-profit and philanthropic organizations in Canada, raising over $2 million annually in fundraising events.

Stephen is sought out regularly by the media for commentary, and has lectured at The Royal Ontario Museum, The University of Toronto, Sotheby’s Institue of Art, London and numerous museums and institutions throughout Canada. In addition to his duties as Vice President, at Waddington’s, Stephen maintains a select private consultancy, offering advisory and appraisal services to leading corporations, Individuals and institutions.

Services

Auction Services

Stephen is widely known as Canada’s leading auctioneer for charitable and benefit events. In addition, Stephen is often engaged to provide counsel on planning, oversight and operational management of specialty and estate auctions.

Appraisals

Stephen provides comprehensive professional appraisal services to USPAP Standards for Fair Market Value, Insurance, Probate and Family Division. Utilizing his diverse network, appraisals in most areas of the Fine and Decorative market, as well and Fine and Rare Wine are available.
Rates are competitive and based on an hourly fee. Please contact us for details.

Wine Services

Stephen is Canada’s most respected and experienced auctioneer of Fine and Rare Wine. He works closely with Canada’s leading private collectors, corporations, insurance companies and numerous philanthropic organizations. Stephen provides cellar inventory evaluations, expert opinions, and sale facilitation of wine collections in Canada and internationally. He provides auction services for charitable organizations including wine sourcing, cataloguing and event logistics. Stephen also provides appraisal services for Fair Market, insurance, estate or charitable donation.

Clients

Some of clients and organizations I have had the pleasure of working with in recent years.

 

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Testimonials

  • The first person I call when I need an auctioneer is Stephen Ranger. I have worked with Steve on several occasions over the past fifteen years and have attended many auctions that he has conducted. He is a true professional with a sense of humour that makes his performance highly enjoyable.

    Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy

    Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy

  • Stephen Ranger is an engaging auctioneer is who able to maximize bids on each auction item. He is knowledgeable of crowd dynamics and is able to engage the audience to ensure the success of the auction. He has been an integral part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Fine Wine Auction since its inception twelve years ago and continues to help raise funds for the COC.

    Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company

    Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company

  • Stephen Ranger exhibits a passionate commitment to building the creative and economic capacities of the art world. He is an incalculable asset to any auction, from his in-depth knowledge of art, artists and buyers, to his humour and ability to focus the attention of a crowd. We’re thrilled to have Stephen as the auctioneer for OCAD University’s high-profile art auctions and very much appreciate all that he contributes to the success of our fundraising events.

    Dr. Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University

    Dr. Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University

  • I’ve known Stephen for many years, primarily due his support of numerous charities, most notably Casey House’s “Art with Heart”. His vast knowledge of Canadian art – coupled with his unique ability to get the highest bid possible – has made him the “go to” guy for art auctions in Toronto. It is without reservation that I would recommend Stephen.

    Mark Robert, Owner, The Carlu

    Mark Robert, Owner, The Carlu

  • The Canadian Art Foundation turned to Stephen as a knowledgeable‎ and trusted expert in Canadian contemporary art for our annual gala fundraiser. Not only did he make the art accessible but Stephen also made sure that our audience had a great time – for a great cause!

    Jill Birch, CEO, Canadian Art Foundation

    Jill Birch, CEO, Canadian Art Foundation

  • Stephen is, in my opinion, the best fine art auctioneer in the country. He brings class and warmth to every auction, showing great respect for the artists whose works are being sold. Stephen’s commitment to charitable causes – like Waterkeeper – is unparalleled. With this combined talent and dedication, he has helped improve quality of life for millions of Canadians. He’s a treasure.

    Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

    Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Upcoming Auctions

 

The Tom Willcock Collection of Fine Wine + Rare Scotch Whisky-Part III   www.waddingtons.ca

February 18-26, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Wine   www.waddingtons.ca

February 18-26, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Spirits  www.waddingtons.ca

February 18-26, 2019

Waddington’s American +Modern Art  www.waddingtons.ca

February 23-28, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Wine   www.waddingtons.ca

February 23, 2019

Waddington’s  Asian Art   www.waddingtons.ca

March 9-14, 2019

Waddington’s Canadian Art incl. Concrete Contemporary  www.waddingtons.ca

April 22-May 02, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Wine   www.waddingtons.ca

May 06-14, 2019

The Tom Willcock Collection of Fine Wine + Rare Scotch Whisky-Part IV   www.waddingtons.ca

May 06-14, 2019

Waddington’s  Canadian Fine Art   www.waddingtons.ca

May 27, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Wine   www.waddingtons.ca

September 09-17, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Spirits  www.waddingtons.ca

September 09-17, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Wine   www.waddingtons.ca

November 25-December 03, 2019

Waddington’s Fine Spirits  www.waddingtons.ca

November 25-December 03, 2019

For a complete listing of Waddington’s Fall Auctions and consignment deadlines visit http://www.waddingtons.ca/upcoming-auctions-events

 

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