BBC arts editor Will Gompertz wonders: Why is the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum selling her work?
It's a good question, for which the Deaccession Police will give their usual answer (i.e., shut up).
But this sale really is a good example of why it's silly to think of what the AAMD does as anything resembling "ethical" reasoning. They have no way of grappling with a sale like this, no standpoint from which to evaluate it. They just ask a simple question: are you using the sales proceeds to buy more art? If the answer is yes, there ends the "ethical" inquiry.