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v. de·ac·ces·sioned, de·ac·ces·sion·ing, de·ac·ces·sions
To remove (an object) from a collection, especially in order to sell it and purchase other objects: "He also denied that ... friends of the museum were permitted to buy ... pieces that were deaccessioned" (New York Times).
To remove an object or objects from a collection.

de′ac·ces′sion n.


or de-ac•ces•sion

(ˌdi ækˈsɛʃ ən)

1. to remove (an object) from the permanent collections of a museum, library, or similar repository, usu. through a sale or trade.
2. the act or fact of deaccessioning an object.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deaccession - sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works; "The museum deaccessioned several important works of this painter"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
References in periodicals archive ?
In the era of Deaccession Roulette the only certainty is that Kindred Spirits will be lost to the New York Public Library.
327) When transferring control or custody, the federal agency or museum must ensure that the human remains and cultural items are deaccessioned according to federal agency or museum procedures, including assigning deaccession numbers, updating accession and catalogue records, completing a deaccession form, and filing all documentation in the accession or optional deaccession file.
Musee canadien des civilisations, 1995, Resolution concernant l'alienation et le transfert d'un petroglyphe au conseil communautaire, Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay) -- Resolution concerning the deaccession and tranfer of a petroglyph to the community council, Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay), Hull (Quebec), Resolution 95-8 (revisee - 19 mai 1995), Document depose a la municipalite de Kangirsujuaq.
The unanimous decision by the Getty's Board to deaccession and return a Thasian relief and Boeotian stele, both of which currently are displayed at the J.
2 suggest that courts are willing to allow museums some discretion regarding deaccession and the use of deaccessioning sales proceeds.
Another Scottish Rite Museum deaccession is a metallic tapestry donated around 1900.
Also, institutions may have retention schedules that allow for or mandate deaccession after a certain prescribed time.
The Art Museum has no work by Berchem, so the first question in my mind was: Why do you deaccession it?
A deaccession from the Scottish Rite Library & Museum, the antique copy of the famous Greek statue in Presley's sale iuu exact age unknown iuu comes with a written history from Masonic archives.
Institutions may also deaccession items from their collections from time to time, particularly those deemed not to be relevant to their existing holdings.
Most research libraries will not want to maintain much more than convenience collections of paper-based materials, and they will begin the substantial deaccession of their present book holdings in successive decimations which will include at least many of their rare books.
After serious and careful consideration, The Field Museum decided to deaccession and sell most of its 19th and early 20th century paintings of Native American subjects.