This may veer off the OP’s original intent but I hope it adds clarification:
On this issue of statues, icons, altars, rosaries and other holy objects and places there seems to be an issue of endowment. That is, if I buy a new rosary which is not blessed, have a rosary that was blessed, have my mother’s rosary which was blessed and held for prayer for fifty years, touch a rosary, medal, or relic of a beloved saint, approach an ancient icon, or stand before the Shroud of Turin–each object is endowed differently by its form, its use, its residual holiness from its original owner. The new rosary has less of a value and not much history while my mother’s rosary has more sentimental, familial, and spiritual value. The new rosary might be made of semi-precious stones and may cost more but to me, the little wooden beads have more value and are endowed with a certain reverence that is worth more than the new rosary.
Aside from earthly value, as in an archaeological dig or a museum auction, there is a spiritual value to such holy objects that has a range of depth or resonance to people of faith.
In Mexico I saw a statue of a kneeling Jesus which looked at least 50 years old. The statue was wearing a newish cape of purple velvet bedecked with tiny “milagros” pins of silver eyes, hearts, feet, etc. this statue must have been prayed, pleaded, wept, thanked in front of. Is having visible reminders of our faith, of our prayers, of our needs–is this a false worship or idolatry? Or is it a way to bring us together in our faith, reminding us visibly and tangibly of our Lord and Creator and those who walk in His footsteps? And the statue having been there for so many years, doesn’t that statue take on a greater endowment and value that might merit a genuflection ?
And when an organized religion starts a tradition of kissing a cross or kneeling before an icon or statue, it seems to me they are acknowledging that history, that endowment, that value that brings forth a physical response to that physical reminder of that worth.
Just a few thoughts while on this topic.