Belts

The origin of the belt dates back to prehistoric times when they were fashioned from softened tree bark, though the earliest true belts stem from the Bronze Age. After the advent of chemical preservation ushered in the leather belt, they were commonly used to hold tools for daily work.

The belt's influence on Western fashion can be traced to the Roman Empire, when gladiators employed belts not only to hold weapons, but as a decorative flourish. Roman rulers donned gold strips of fabric to keep their togas and red shoulder sashes in place.

Belts were worn almost exclusively by men until the turn of the twentieth century, when women adopted them as accessories of choice. Since then, belts have remained a constant for style and function.

For women, there are simple leather straps such as those produced by Valentino, which are ideal for cinching around sweaters, tops or hip-hugging jeans. Bejeweled numbers like Lanvin's rhinestone-encrusted tassel belt add a dash of sparkle to outfits. Many men appreciate sturdy pieces such as Italian-made vintage belts by Diesel in handsomely weathered leather or Western-inspired cowboy-worthy lengths with large buckles. No matter one's personal preference, auctions abound with belts old and new.


Quick Facts

  • Actor Larry Hagman's ornate monogrammed leather and studded belt with a sterling silver buckle sold at Bonhams in 2014 for $1,500
  • In 2006, a belt worn by Elvis Presley at a performance in Hawaii sold at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles for $66,000, more than six times the estimate
  • A gun belt used by Old West outlaw Jesse James when he was gunned down in 1882 sold at a June 2013 Heritage auction for $16,730

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chanel Ladies Black Leather and Silver Chain Belt
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Chanel Ladies Black Leather and Silver Chain Belt
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$65012 Bids
Two Chanel gilt chain belts, 1984 and 1990-1991,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
Two Chanel gilt chain belts, 1984 and 1990-1991,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£6008 Bids
BEJEWELED RUSSIAN STERLING FILIGREE WAIST BELT
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
BEJEWELED RUSSIAN STERLING FILIGREE WAIST BELT
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$2256 Bids
Chanel No. 5 Style Gold & Leather Link Ladies Belt
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Chanel No. 5 Style Gold & Leather Link Ladies Belt
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2255 Bids
A Chanel chunky gilt chain belt woven with leather, circa 1987,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Chanel chunky gilt chain belt woven with leather, circa 1987,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £250- £400
£3204 Bids
Dean Brown Stamp Work Plain Silver Concho Belt
Nov 06, 10:00 AM MDT
Dean Brown Stamp Work Plain Silver Concho Belt
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $750- $1,000
$1252 Bids
Chanel Black Leather & Gold-Tone Link Belt
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chanel Black Leather & Gold-Tone Link Belt
by Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1252 Bids
Louis Vuitton Black Leather Belt & Silver Buckle
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Louis Vuitton Black Leather Belt & Silver Buckle
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Southwester Sterling Silver Concho Belt
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Southwester Sterling Silver Concho Belt
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
MUST DE CARTIER - LEATHER BELT - Late 80s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
MUST DE CARTIER - LEATHER BELT - Late 80s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €50- €70
€451 Bid
Sass & Bide: Crowned Letters Black Leather Skinny Belt, Goldtone Feature Buckle
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Sass & Bide: Crowned Letters Black Leather Skinny Belt, Goldtone Feature Buckle
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD401 Bid
2005 HARLEY DAVIDSON BELT BUCKLE WITH ORIGINAL HD LEATHER BELT
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
2005 HARLEY DAVIDSON BELT BUCKLE WITH ORIGINAL HD LEATHER BELT
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Gould Century 4” Belt Sander W/ Stand
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Gould Century 4” Belt Sander W/ Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Four Native American Indian handmade leather belts
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Four Native American Indian handmade leather belts
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Navajo Indian leather concha belt
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Navajo Indian leather concha belt
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Navajo Dine Indian concha belt
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Navajo Dine Indian concha belt
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A Gianni Versace studded leather belt-bag, circa 1992,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Gianni Versace studded leather belt-bag, circa 1992,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1601 Bid
Belt, Vegetal Fiber, Yellow and Red Geometric
Nov 16, 12:00 PM EST
Belt, Vegetal Fiber, Yellow and Red Geometric
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Valentino Garavani Black Leather Belt
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Valentino Garavani Black Leather Belt
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
High quality snake skin belt with chrome buckle
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
High quality snake skin belt with chrome buckle
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
TWO INDIAN SILVER BELTS Mumbai and Pune, Maharashtra, Central India, 19th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
TWO INDIAN SILVER BELTS Mumbai and Pune, Maharashtra, Central India, 19th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£1500 Bids
GUCCI - LEATHER BELT - 80s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
GUCCI - LEATHER BELT - 80s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €80- €100
€800 Bids
GUCCI - LEATHER BELT - 80s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
GUCCI - LEATHER BELT - 80s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belts


Showplace

Showplace

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art