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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"
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If there was a comprehensive judicial approach to analyzing deaccessioning decisions, (194) then museums could anticipate whether the courts would uphold their actions.
Opened to the public in 1931, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, is now refining its holdings and deaccessioning some 500 of its 4,000 works to benefit ongoing study and display.
1520)--acquired after deaccessioning by Detroit--but many of the more fascinating works are by lesser-known masters.
American museum deaccessioning has brought a number of medieval objects onto the market.
The financially challenged Corcoran--which raised $38m last year through the controversial deaccessioning of Clark's historic carpets, including arguably the greatest of all 17th-century Persian "Sickle-Leaf' pieces--will receive half the proceeds in excess of $25m, as well as $10m from the estate.
When is a board trying to use deaccessioning as a fast and irresponsible way to raise funds, and when are they making reasoned and reasonable choices about allocation of resources within a museum's portfolio of stewardship?
While Steinhardt is no doubt alluding to the deaccessioning of some of the valuable modern art on the apartment walls, he has, revealingly, also proved a staunch defender of the right to collect antiquities, waging a costly and ultimately unsuccessful court battle to recover a Greek gold phiale, or ceremonial dish.
Tuchman, senior curator emeritus of twentieth century art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has been a Soutine enthusiast and scholar since he curated a touring retrospective of the artist's work in 1968, and recently deplored the Museum of Modern Art's deaccessioning of the single Soutine painting it owned.
After a bout of deaccessioning in the autumn, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio is now consigning an oversize marble ram to Sotheby's 4 June Antiquities sale in New York.
The trading of rare materials between institutions should and will become much more common than at present, with participating parties simultaneously strengthening the collections they care most about and deaccessioning materials to which there is insufficient local commitment.