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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.
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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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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"
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References in periodicals archive ?
Perhaps a fair enough indication that whatever published ethical guidance may say, an institution determined to deaccession by way of open market sale, and pursuing such a course in a focused and intelligent way, is likely to succeed.
He mentioned the fact that numerous countries have failed to implement the Principles (examples being Hungary, Poland, Spain, Russia, Argentina and Brazil) and that where national panels have been established, they, or the systems in which they operate, have significant flaws in several cases (laws preventing deaccession in France, for example, (5) the controversial change in approach in the Netherlands discussed above and the failure of non-public institutions to engage in provenance research in Germany and elsewhere).
"Over the past year, we have started an inventory of the collection in order to make recommendations for deaccession to create space for future donations and to be better stewards of the items we have," Green said.
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." (1) This "condition first" approach is certainly interesting and has merits, but was not the approach CI-CCI took; rather, CI-CCI considered condition only after retention assignments had been made and assessment focused on physical condition as opposed to a volume's attributes as the "best copy." Indeed, most projects that involve condition evaluation, either alone or as part of validation, concentrate on ensuring that items are free of mold, insects, or other contaminants.
"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.
(Woolwine, 2014) This article is a follow-up study on the deaccession of print books in business and science collections and in those parts of collections which serve interdisciplinary studies and research.
Meanwhile, a "deaccession process'' has led to the auction of arms, armor, artworks and other items that were in storage at the Higgins Armory Museum and seldom, if ever, displayed, according to officials.
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.