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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently deaccessioned about 135 objects of furniture and decorative arts from its collections after an extensive review process. Deaccessioning is the process by which an object is permanently removed from a museum’s collection.

The objects will be sold February 1–14 through iGavel auction house and Case Antiques, Knoxville. All information about these objects and details of the sale are available on iGavel’s website.

The items primarily come from the collections of Knoxville residents including Louis B. and Eleanor Deane Swan Audigier, Frederick Bonham, and Judge John Webb Green and Ellen McClung Green. The sale gives buyers a chance to support the museum and own a piece of history.

Museum staff adhered to best practices and to the museum’s own stringent policy in deaccessioning objects. In accordance with American Association of Museum best practices, all auction proceeds will be used for the acquisition of objects to fill the museum’s collection goals and needs.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum and store’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for more information about parking and exhibitions.


Jeff Chapman (, 865-974-2144)

Catherine Shteynberg (, 865-974-6921)