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Officially remove (an item) from the listed holdings of a library, museum, or art gallery, typically in order to sell it to raise funds.
- ‘The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has deaccessioned this Portrait of a Courtier by Jan Mostaert after concluding that it was looted by the Nazis.’
- ‘The cabinet was deaccessioned in 1929, a victim of twentieth-century disdain for the later nineteenth century.’
- ‘Among her purchases were two royal door panels of Saint Basil and Saint John Chrysostom that had been deaccessioned from the Tretiakov Gallery.’
- ‘To help purchase the work, the MFA deaccessioned three related works - two Degas pastels and a Renoir painting - which sold at Sotheby's May auction of Impressionist and Modern Art for a total of $16.2 million.’
- ‘Earlier this year, New York's Museum of Modern Art decided to deaccession 1,000 photographs by Eugene Atget, with an estimated value of $20 million.’
- ‘Considerable excitement, however, was generated by six works being deaccessioned by the Museum of Modern Art to support its acquisitions fund.’
- ‘The National Gallery in London retains the largest holding of his works, including the famous Annunciation, deaccessioned from the Brera in 1820.’
- ‘The deaccessioned works, they explained, were sold privately to collectors, not at public auction.’
- ‘Even museums were obliged to contribute to this effort by deaccessioning part of their icon collections.’
- ‘The USAF Museum prepared a list that shows thousands of items were deaccessioned during his tenure.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then, in a mini-scandal that same year, the Guggenheim deaccessioned 24 paintings, including a number by Scarlett, Bauer and Rebay, prompting charges that the museum was selling off its history.’
- ‘These drawings, which Sargent's sisters had given to the Gorcoran Gallery of Art in 1928, were among ninety drawings that the Gorcoran deaccessioned in 1960.’
- ‘It was acquired by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, which decided to deaccession it last year.’
The disposal of books, works of art, or other items in this way.
- ‘Professional guidelines set forth by the Association of Art Museum Directors state that museums should use deaccession proceeds solely for acquisitions, not operations.’
- ‘The Office of the Curator will notify the President of all deaccessions.’
- ‘A deaccession of over 1,000 paintings, statues and other objects from the Dutch national art collection is getting a good deal of attention.’
- ‘He denied any link between the auction house's support of ‘Sensation’ and any role it might play in auctioning future Brooklyn deaccessions.’
- ‘The secret sale of ‘The Cello Player’ for an undisclosed amount to an undisclosed purchaser is surely a deaccession that was governed by ‘exigencies of the moment’.’
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