Auctions Aren’t Always The Best Way To Deaccession

Daniel Grant: “In most cases, museums prefer going to auction. Whatever criticism these institutions receive for selling objects only increases if they don’t do it that way.” But that doesn’t mean auctions are the smartest choice. “The method of disposing of deaccessioned objects needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and museum directors fearful of public criticism might want to broaden their outlook.”