Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To remove (an object) from a collection, especially in order to sell it and purchase other objects.
  • intransitive verb To remove an object or objects from a collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to sell (artwork); -- used of sales of art by museums.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To officially remove an object from a museum, art gallery or library so that it may be sold.
  • noun The disposal of objects in this way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works

Etymologies

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Examples

  • If a museum has to sell -- or "deaccession" -- something, so says the 18,000-member American Association of Museums (of which the Rose is a member), the money should be used exclusively for the purchase of new objects for the collection.

    When the Going Gets Tough

  • In what has become an all-too-common practice in the art world, this plan will include the sale, or "deaccession," of 50 works from the museum's permanent collection, among them a Jackson Pollock drawing valued at $300,000 to $500,000 and several Hudson River School and American Impressionist works with estimates ranging from $25,000 to $300,000, according to a prospectus prepared by Christie's.

    Another Art Museum Puts Its Collection on the Block

  • Museums generally "deaccession" works of art to use the proceeds to buy other works of art, and the Board of Regents already prohibits some museums from selling art to cover other costs.

    Gothamist

  • Next process is to link funds from deaccession to artworks acquired with funds from its sale.

    Max Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 'Moving from virtual to visceral'

  • Also put up db of works planning to deaccession as well as ones have deaccession.

    Max Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 'Moving from virtual to visceral'

  • It said the museum had satisfied its concerns by making a commitment "not to deaccession works in its collection as a means of generating operating support at any point in the future."

    Sanctions Suspended For Academy Museum

  • Also put up db of works planning to deaccession as well as ones have deaccession.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • He has the uncomfortable feeling that he shilling for deaccession but they're really just trying to be transparent about process.

    Max Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 'Moving from virtual to visceral'

  • He has the uncomfortable feeling that he shilling for deaccession but they're really just trying to be transparent about process.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Next process is to link funds from deaccession to artworks acquired with funds from its sale.

    Archive 2009-04-01

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