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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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These pre-war marvels survived the rush to demolition and large-scale acts of deaccessioning that wounded many other American university museums in the late 20th century.
18) For a more detailed analysis see Norman Palmer 'Repatriation and Deaccessioning of Cultural Property: Reflections on the Resolution of Art Disputes' (2001) 54 Current Legal Problems All.
The funds realised from deaccessioning are used solely to improve TMA's collection through the purchase of new art.
Michael Garabedian expressed concerns about deaccessioning duplicates that have artifactual value and how libraries might make physical condition the primary measure by which to identify the retained volume.
Faulstich's study of handwritten catalogs of the von Voss collection documents a habit of refining the collection through deaccessioning items, possibly because of duplication.
Most of the paintings in the collection are tied up in legal agreements that make deaccessioning impossible.
Part two, The Collection, covers collection management policy, accessioning objects (including laws on stolen objects, UNESCO conventions, cultural property, CITIES and other laws restricting use of plants and animals, antiquities and historic property, and copyright and Fair Use), deaccessioning objects (return, sale, donation, disposal), loans, unclaimed loans, international loans, temporary custody, objects found in the collections, promised gifts, tax considerations, appraisal and authentication, duty to care for collections, insurance, access to collections, and visitor and employee safety.
I often feel as if I don't listen to music so much as perform upkeep on my iTunes collection--downloading new acquisitions, categorizing them, and deaccessioning unwanted tracks.
If Making Toast was an act of ingathering, this book is an act of deaccessioning, a send-off on a funeral boat out to sea, a valediction.
During his decade-long tenure--he retired in 1972 to paint full time--he built a respectable collection by deaccessioning the mediocre and adding important works to the permanent inventory.
Izabel Skokandic, acting administrator of Korcula's small municipal library decided to do some deaccessioning.