- Officially remove (an item) from a library, museum, or art gallery in order to sell it: the decision was made to deaccession the picture [no object]: museums will deaccession to buy other worksMore example sentences
- Considerable excitement, however, was generated by six works being deaccessioned by the Museum of Modern Art to support its acquisitions fund.
- One recently discovered gateleg table has the accession number ‘15651LLLJJJ’; however, the researchers are uncertain what museum deaccessioned it.
- In the run-up to the mixed-lot sale, Sotheby's held two ‘single owner’ auctions in which 296 works consigned by these two institutions were deaccessioned.
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- The official removal of an item from a library, museum, or art gallery in order to sell it: in England deaccession has been adopted by local authorities to offset spending cuts [count noun]: the spate of spectacular deaccessions being conducted by American museumsMore example sentences
- A decision to return has been made in another case (the Benevento Missal), although there will have to be a change in the law to allow deaccession.
- The pending deaccession will leave only a handful of minor artworks and decorative objects.
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announces the deaccession of 42 artworks from its permanent collection, which will be sold in a public auction at Sotheby's New York this month.
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