Deaccessioned Artworks

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has embarked on a systematic evaluation of its collection since 2007 to identify candidates for deaccessioning (e.g. sale, transfer, or exchange). All objects proposed for deaccessioning are subject to the criteria and procedures outlined in the IMA's Deaccession Policy. Since 2007, the furniture, antiquities, textiles, American painting, European painting and contemporary collections have been reviewed and assessed. The decorative arts, Asian art and African collections are currently under review with additional works proposed for deaccessioning to be presented for approval at the Collections Committee and Board of Governors meetings in the future.

Deaccession Policy

During this survey of the collection, unaccessioned objects that are found will also be reviewed for possible disposal and/or acquisition. These objects will be advertised in The Indianapolis Star in accordance with the State of Indiana’s legislation governing abandoned cultural property in an effort to find the original owners and/or to gain clear title. After the required waiting period, all abandoned cultural property will either be accessioned or disposed of.

Each work of art identified as a deaccession candidate will be deaccessioned according to the Deaccession Policy in a timely manner. The income generated through the auction of deaccessioned works of art will be reapplied towards the purchase of new works of art in each respective curatorial area.

These efforts will allow the Museum to exchange select objects for others believed by today's curatorial leadership to be better aligned with its mission. Please see below for a searchable list of deaccessioned artwork recently sold, transferred or exchanged, and corresponding sale results when applicable, as well as deaccessioned works awaiting sale, transfer, or exchange and their assigned valuations. We have also begun to link deaccessioned artworks to artworks newly acquired by means of the relevant funds.

Deaccessioned artwork search

Title/ArtistAccession NumberDeaccession DateRecipientsort iconTransfer Notes
Virgin and Sleeping Christ Child24.806/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 35)
Hector and Andromache74.66606/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 48)
Crucifixion (Madonna on verso)18.4506/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 38)
The Marshal73.104.1512/18/2008Christie'sSold on 3/4/2010 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale #2285 (Lot 87) - credit line is to be transferred to next purchase as Gift of the Harrison Eiteljorg Gallery of Western Art by exchange; Offered on 3/5/2009 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 86) - unsold
Achilles Brooding74.66306/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 47)
Thrust his Lance Through the Body73.104.312/18/2008Christie'sSold on 5/20/2010 in the Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture sale (Lot 73)
Just In Time75.45112/18/2008Christie'sSold on 3/05/2009 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale
The Victory73.104.1212/18/2008Christie'sSold on 9/28/2010 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale 2342 (Lot 59); Offered on 5/20/2009 (Lot 27) - unsold
Steward in Blue -- La Mesa Park76.59512/18/2008Christie'sSold on 3/05/2009 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 87)
Hunting the Hostile Camp73.104.412/18/2008Christie'sAuction Date: To be determined