Reply To: Deaccessioning


Sad to say, I think this situation is becoming quite common.  Museums simply don’t have the personnel and space to take on more collection items unless they fit very narrow criteria.  I understand that governments – and our own internal ethics – require that deaccessioned items be offered to other museums first, but once you have made a serious effort, you are justified in going to the private sector.  Even then, the going may be hard.  Auction  houses will want to “cherry-pick,” that is, take the good stuff and not the rest.  E-bay and gift-shop sales are, perhaps, the last resort.