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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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Hermes Au Carre Permabrass Belt in Box
Sep 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Hermes Au Carre Permabrass Belt in Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$3007 Bids
German Belt with strap and clip
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Belt with strap and clip
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$504 Bids
Outstanding 14k gold belt. Also used as a necklace
Oct 02, 10:00 AM CDT
Outstanding 14k gold belt. Also used as a necklace
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $14,000
$1053 Bids
GUCCI Black Leather Fashion Belt, Italy
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
GUCCI Black Leather Fashion Belt, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$203 Bids
Nice Concho Belt
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Nice Concho Belt
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
Martha Cayatineto Sterling Vintage Concho Belt w/Coral
Oct 22, 9:00 AM MDT
Martha Cayatineto Sterling Vintage Concho Belt w/Coral
by R&H Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$101 Bid
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1940s Fred Harvey Era Turquoise Concho Link Belt
Oct 22, 9:00 AM MDT
1940s Fred Harvey Era Turquoise Concho Link Belt
by North American Auction Company
Est: $400- $800
$1501 Bid
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN .800 COIN SILVER LINK BELT
Oct 01, 9:00 AM MDT
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN .800 COIN SILVER LINK BELT
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $150- $200
$101 Bid
Silver Tone Snake Chain Fashion Belt
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Tone Snake Chain Fashion Belt
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $15- $30
$10 Bids
Orientalischer Hochzeitsgürtel / An Oriental wedding belt, 19./20. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Orientalischer Hochzeitsgürtel / An Oriental wedding belt, 19./20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €220- €440
€2200 Bids
Orientalischer Hochzeitsgürtel / An Oriental wedding belt, 19./20. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Orientalischer Hochzeitsgürtel / An Oriental wedding belt, 19./20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
German Belt and Buckle OLC 44
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Belt and Buckle OLC 44
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
Rolex Official Merchandise Leather & Fabric Belt-New Example
Oct 09, 7:00 PM BST
Rolex Official Merchandise Leather & Fabric Belt-New Example
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £200- £250
£2000 Bids
Beautiful Imperial Russian Caucasian Belt with Niello Silver Mounts
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
Beautiful Imperial Russian Caucasian Belt with Niello Silver Mounts
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $600- $1,200
$3000 Bids
RARE CARA CRONINGER SASH BELT
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
RARE CARA CRONINGER SASH BELT
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$1000 Bids
Multicolor beads woven hand made belt
Sep 27, 7:00 PM EDT
Multicolor beads woven hand made belt
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $30- $45
$150 Bids
AN INDIAN ENGRAVED WHITE METAL BELT.
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN INDIAN ENGRAVED WHITE METAL BELT.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £30- £40
£250 Bids
Een vintage geschakelde ceintuur
Sep 28, 2:00 PM CEST
Een vintage geschakelde ceintuur
by Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
38” x 3 ¼” Beaded Belt
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
38” x 3 ¼” Beaded Belt
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
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CHANEL - Collection 26 - Black Leather & Gold-Tone Link 1980 Belt - 38 / 95
Oct 06, 11:15 AM EDT
CHANEL - Collection 26 - Black Leather & Gold-Tone Link 1980 Belt - 38 / 95
by Luxury Resale Network
Est: $809- $2,024
$6000 Bids
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CHANEL - VTG 93P Wide White Leather Large Buckle Gold Chain Waist Belt - 70 / 28
Oct 06, 11:15 AM EDT
CHANEL - VTG 93P Wide White Leather Large Buckle Gold Chain Waist Belt - 70 / 28
by Luxury Resale Network
Est: $620- $1,551
$5000 Bids
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CHANEL - Vintage 1980's Black Leather and Gold Buckle CC Link Belt - 75 / 30
Oct 06, 11:15 AM EDT
CHANEL - Vintage 1980's Black Leather and Gold Buckle CC Link Belt - 75 / 30
by Luxury Resale Network
Est: $593- $1,484
$4500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belts


Luxury Resale Network

Luxury Resale Network

Bonhams

Bonhams

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery