deaccession

verb
de·ac·ces·sion | \ ˌdē-ik-ˈse-shən , -ak- \

Definition of deaccession 

transitive verb

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

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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, Philly.com, "Pa. attorney general reviewing La Salle plan to sell museum art," 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, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 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, latimes.com, "Her quilts are made of 16-mm film. Here's what they reveal, frame by frame," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of deaccession

1972, in the meaning defined above

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