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News / July 3, 2013

Linda Rodeck Leaves Sotheby’s, Joins Waddington’s

Image of Linda Rodeck courtesy of Waddington's Image of Linda Rodeck courtesy of Waddington's

Linda Rodeck, who until recently had been managing director, Canada, at Sotheby’s, is moving to Waddington’s as vice-president.

She is due to begin her new position at the Canadian art auction house on August 6.

The move marks a return to Waddington’s for Rodeck; from 1991 to 2004, she partnered with Geoffrey Joyner, and this included three years with Joyner Waddington’s.

“We’re just delighted to have her on board again,” said Stephen Ranger, vice-president, business development, at Waddington’s.

In 2004, two years after Waddington’s acquired Joyner’s auction firm, Rodeck founded her own private art-consulting business. In September 2010, she joined Sotheby’s.

Rodeck’s return to Waddington’s also marks a wider set of changes at the auction house.

Geoffrey Joyner, formerly president of the Joyner division of Waddington’s which handled fine Canadian art, is stepping back from day to day activities to act as senior advisor after 45 years in the art auction business.

Joyner auctioneer Robert Cowley and Canadian fine art specialist Lydia Abbott also recently departed Waddington’s to start a new online auction company, Consignor Canadian Fine Art.

All of the auctions held by the company will now be branded as Waddington’s or Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art—excepting the auction house’s contemporary-art endeavor led by Ranger, which will continue to be known as Concrete Contemporary Auctions.

In February, Sotheby’s announced it would be ending its regular live auctions in Canada. At that time, Rodeck told Canadian Art that Sotheby’s in Canada would shift its focus to “high-end private sales,” with a possibility for occasional one-off live auctions.

Rodeck’s philanthropic activities have included the Gallery Hop Gala and Auction of the Canadian Art Foundation, publisher of Canadian Art.

This article was corrected and updated on July 4, 2013. The original article erroneously suggested that Waddington’s acquired Joyner’s in 2004. Information has also been added about Rodeck’s involvement with the Gallery Hop Gala and Auction.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her arts journalism has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications, and her creative work has been published in Prism, Room and Freefall. She can be reached via