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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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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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There is no concordance with previous catalogues --Sterling in 1955 included 76 pictures from the 18th century, but 25 of these are now inexplicably omitted (presumably deaccessioned, but the website won't tell you; only those worth more than $50,000 are listed in the annual reports).
The show highlighted the past and future of fashion through original pieces by current Cornell fashion design students and historical garments recently deaccessioned from the collection.
The second version, documented in a Barcelona magazine in 1886, sparked off additional background research, revealing that - contrary to popular belief - Luna made copies of his own work, and that there were at least six versions of 'Espana y Filipinas.' Only three are extant: the 1884 work presently in the National Gallery Singapore; a large canvas, dated 1888, presently in the collection of the Prado, on loan to the Ayuntamiento de Cadiz; and the undated, reduced copy of the 1888 work, presently in the Lopez Memorial Museum that found its way to Manila after it was deaccessioned by the Museo Balaguer in Spain.
$1599 Pipe Tomahawk Heads Deaccessioned from a Private New York State Historical Society lot of 2, includes one with notched blade and stamped decorations, lengths 6.25 in.
Every institution's collection and situation is different, and during the CI-CCI validation process, Drake University discovered that hundreds of volumes in their B and C call number ranges that had been previously deaccessioned were inadvertently included in the SCS data.
Their reception on this side of the Atlantic was a little better, but in the ensuing decades the artist's work fell out of favor, was deaccessioned by institutions, and came to be viewed as a dated sidetrack to the broader historical narrative of modern art.
Early ethnographies deemed ethnocentric or essentializing were deaccessioned from the canon, even as they were mined for information by the agents of cultural resurgence.
There will be a strong presumption that a deaccessioned item should first be offered to another museum.
Formerly in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art and deaccessioned around 1950, the brushpot should realize $35,000-$45,000 at auction.
Van Dusen's 1951 book, God in Education: A Tract for the Times, sits inactively on the shelves of many libraries across the United States where it has not been deaccessioned altogether.