Absentee Bidding

If you wish to purchase art at The West Select Sale on Friday evening, November 14, 2014 but will be unable to attend, you may purchase an Absentee Buyer Number.  The cost per buyer number is $100. The Men’s Arts Council retains the bid books to which each absentee buyer’s number corresponds.

Absentee Buyers for The 2014 West Select Sale will receive a buyer’s number, Price List, and an Absentee Buyer Form. Please note: there is no formal, printed catalogue for The 2014 West Select Sale and Exhibition. Images of all the art included in the Exhibition can be found in The Art section of by clicking here.

Absentee Buyer Form Information

Click here to purchase and register. Once you have registered, the Men’s Arts Council will send you an Absentee Buyer Form. You will need to complete this form and be sure it is return not later than 3pm on Friday, November 14, 2014. On this form you will need to:

  1. Indicate on which work(s) of art you would like to bid;
  2. Indicate whether works of art will be shipped or if they will be picked up from the Museum;
  3. Supply credit card information for the purchase; and
  4. Sign and date the form.  By doing so, you authorize the Men’s Arts Council staff to bid on your behalf by placing intent to purchase slips from your intent book in the boxes corresponding to the art you’ve listed. By completing and signing the form you also guarantee that you will purchase all works for which your bid slips have been drawn (see detailed Terms and Conditions of Sale for more information).
PLEASE NOTE: a 3% fee will be charged for each credit card transaction
Museum Purchase

Phoenix Art Museum and the Museum’s Western Art Associates reserve the right to acquire one work of art in the Exhibition in advance of the Sale.  Absentee buyers submitting bids for a work of art purchased by the Museum and/or Western Art Associates will not receive refunds for absentee buyer registration fees.


Phoenix Art Museum reserves the right to continue to exhibit all Works of Art purchased by the Buyer for the entire exhibit of The West Select Exhibition. After the close of the Exhibition, sufficient time is required to deinstall and pack the Works of Art. The Buyer should contact the Museum’s Associate Registrar, Laura Wenzel, at (602) 307-2063 by Friday, December 12, 2014 to indicate whether they prefer to pick up their purchase or have it shipped.

Pick Up: Works may be picked up at Phoenix Art Museum on either Monday, December 29, 2014 or Tuesday, December 30, 2014 between the hours of 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm. All pick ups must be scheduled in advance with Laura Wenzel, Associate Registrar, at (602) 307-2063.

If arrangements cannot be made in advance for the Buyer to up their Work of Art on December 29, 2014 or December 30, 2014 at Phoenix Art Museum, the Work of Art will be released on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 to Art Solutions & Installations, LLC. Art Solutions & Installations, LLC is the official packing/shipping partner for The 2014 West Select and will be responsible for the deinstallation and packing of the Work as well as coordinating the return shipping of Works not picked up by December 30, 2014. You may arrange to pick up Works from Art Solutions’ warehouse by contacting them directly.

Works will be available for pick up starting Monday, January 5, 2015.

Shipment of Works of Art in the Exhibition: The Buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. Art Solutions & Installations, LLC will contact you after January 5th to discuss your shipping options. If you like, you may also contact them directly at (480) 951-2511.

All shipments to the Buyer will be made as soon as possible after Monday, January 12, 2015. If you are unable to coordinate your shipment with Art Solutions & Installations, LLC by Friday, January 23, 2015, Art Solutions & Installations, LLC will store the Work of Art at its warehouse at the Buyer’s expense. All accrued fees will need to be paid in full prior to release.

In the case of sculptures with multiple castings available for purchase, all castings except the casting on exhibit will be shipped directly to buyers by the artists or their foundries.

For questions on the Absentee Bidder process, please contact Kelly Whitton at (602) 307-2007 or by email at Kelly.Whitton@phxart.org.