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.