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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.
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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 ?
Retaining the "best copy" is important, Garabedian notes, because "if one of the goals of shared print is to allow participating libraries to deaccession duplicate copies in order to free up space, then in a real sense we are creating scarcity where none existed before.
Relationships with museums are also important, as they are constantly looking to deaccession artwork to either raise money or tweak their collections," says Lowry.
When you hit a certain age, it all becomes about deaccession and leaving the planet with as little as possible, so that you're not a nuisance to your family, who will then have to get rid of the stuff.
ACHAC considers all claims for repatriation and makes recommendations to the Museums Board, which has the authority to approve and deaccession ancestral remains.
Libraries report that the availability of books in electronic format has not led to the deaccession of titles from their print collections.
46) Of course, general wear and tear on the books and the replacement of texts with more modern editions, as well as the deaccession, loaning, or gifting of individual volumes must have affected the contents of the library.
103, 113 (2009) (arguing that deaccession controversies arise out of the larger context of a museum's role as a cultural steward holding collections for posterity).
acquired without restriction against sale, (63) deaccession to refine
The analysis may also identify records that should be marked for deaccession due to questions regarding legality of possession and/or limited potential for future use.
In the exhibition "The Museum as Muse," held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1999, Asher engaged in the advancement of institutional memory through the provision of a deaccession catalog, thereby forcing the institution to reflect on the ways in which it represents itself and thinks its own history.
Aristotle, who devoted two of the ten books of his Ethics to the moral complexities of friendship, discussed very sensitively the reasons that might necessitate ending one; being required to deaccession at Facebook's 5000-"friend" limit, or being bothered by a cyber-stalking "friend," was not among them.
Some collections, most notably those at the national and provincial museum level, have strict protocols for accession, and equally important, deaccession, of specimens.