Originally Posted by Eve Bencraw
Our local hall have been trying to figure out the best way to dispose of an old piano which is no longer in use because it has nothing going for it when it comes to playing it.
It was decided we try to sell the keys separately to make some money for the hall but no one knew whether this was legal or can be done at all. Can anyone let me know?
Hi! Eve Bencraw, and welcome to AMHD
Yes it is legal........But,
You and your group will have to do some legwork, to ensure its legality.
The very first thing you must do is determine what kind of Ivory is it? And have it documented.
It has to be antique
, (i.e. Not less than 100years) Ivory, from the sound of your post that should be covered, but again it has to be documented.
This link covers African Elephant Ivory; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service African Elephant Ivory
You will also have to determine if your State allows its sale. Once the Federal Government established The Endangered Species Act of 1973
it was mandated that the States follow the Federal lead.
Don't even think 'bout ebay or craigslist if you don't follow these guidelines.
Your group should still do some investigation to determine the value of the Ivory Keys, but employ at least two bonded/certified Antiques Dealers to sell the whole piano, let the "seller" have his commission, with you keeping in mind the "key" price.