de·​ac·​ces·​sion ˌdē-ik-ˈse-shən How to pronounce deaccession (audio)
deaccessioned; deaccessioning; deaccessions

transitive verb

: to sell or otherwise dispose of (an item in a collection)
the museum deaccessioned several paintings
deaccession noun

Examples of deaccession in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2011, it was deaccessioned—or permanently removed from the collection—and sold to an anonymous collector in a private sale through Christie’s, with proceeds going to fund preservation of other items in the hall’s collection, said spokesperson Rich Desrosiers. Jocelyn Noveck, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2023 The Education Gallery is featuring a display curated by Canning on deaccessioning art, with an explanation of what the process is and examples from the Brauer’s collection of pieces that the museum can and cannot divest from. Amy Lavalley, Chicago Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art deaccessioned a painting by Mark Rothko gifted to the museum by Peggy Guggenheim and used the proceeds to make the collections more diverse. Carolina A. Miranda,, 29 June 2019 One area of concern could be whether the university is violating the intents of any donors or funders by selling the 46 works of art deaccessioned by the museum and consigned to Christie’s. Stephan Salisbury,, 16 Mar. 2018 The book covers came from the library of the African American Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley, which was deaccessioning obsolete items. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter and Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2017 The traditional quilter’s resourcefulness in repurposing scraps resonates as well with the artist’s own use of old, unwanted films (many of them deaccessioned by the Fashion Institute of Technology). Leah Ollman,, 30 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deaccession was in 1972

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“Deaccession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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