The story explains that the sale "was controversial" because museums "are viewed" as "public trusts" since they "function as sanctuaries" for "cultural and historical artifacts."
No attempt is made, however, to reconcile that "view" with these others, also expressed in the Times, just a few months ago:
- Deaccessioning is "a normal act," and to be "encouraged."
- "Deaccessioning is a healthy part of the management of any museum collection."
- Deaccessioning is "kind of a Humane Society. ... Maybe some of these works can be loved by someone else."