Are there any types of objects for which Lofty will not provide a virtual evaluation?

There are a few reasons why Lofty may not accept your submission for valuation and sale. Your item may fall below our $1000 value threshold in the current market, or it may fall into a category that doesn't sell well in our marketplace at this time. Lofty also declines to evaluate items that are especially hard to authenticate virtually, are offensive, or are illegal to sell. The list below will give you a good idea of items for which we will not provide a virtual evaluation.

Fine Art:

  • Work by emerging contemporary artists without an established secondary auction market
  • Contemporary artist self-submissions
  • Reproductions of paintings
  • Museum posters
  • Most reproduction prints labeled: Dali, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Dufy, Degas, Calder, Durer, Chagall, Modigliani, Miro, Klee, Kandinsky
  • Warhol signatures not authenticated by the Foundation


  • Unmarked costume jewelry
  • Open-face pocket watches
  • Hunting case (lidded) pocket watches made of less than 14k gold
  • Most jewelry made of less than 10k gold


  • Cuckoo clocks
  • Black metal (“spelter”) mantel clocks
  • Sewing machines
  • Silver-plated iced beverage pitchers
  • William Rogers silver-plated items
  • Brass samovars (tea urns)
  • Whale ivory
  • Tortoiseshell
  • Nazi memorabilia
  • Offensive material
  • Firearms
  • Jukeboxes
  • Old stoves, refrigerators or other household appliances
  • Bibles
  • Books
  • Postcards
  • Carnival glass
  • Hummels
  • Marbles
  • Record albums
  • Art made from butterfly wings, insects, or feathers
  • Victorian Hair pictures
  • Most dolls made after 1965
  • Modern needlework samplers
  • Ty Beanie Babies
  • Cabbage Patch Dolls
  • Baby furniture
  • Large sets of brown wood Revival furniture
  • Pre-Columbian artifacts
  • Antiquities
  • African tribal artifacts

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