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Unfortunately new regulations recently put into place by the federal government has imposed a near total ban on the sale of Ivory. Under previous law you may have been able to sell the item IF you could have proven its age. Now the item must be over 100 hundred years old with proof of age in order for it to be sold. Anything newer and anything without documentation can no longer be sold.
BUT don't throw it away. Things may eventually change (laws do change) and someone in your own family may want it at some point.
For now, I am sorry to say that you can not lawfully sell the carving.
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