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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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Brighter 1993 Silver Concho Belt
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Brighter 1993 Silver Concho Belt
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Base Metal Jade & Agate Belt
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Base Metal Jade & Agate Belt
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Brighton 1993 Silver Sunflower Concho Belt
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Brighton 1993 Silver Sunflower Concho Belt
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Brighter 1993 Silver Concho Belt
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Brighter 1993 Silver Concho Belt
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Three Fashion Belts marked Fendi
Mar 17, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three Fashion Belts marked Fendi
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD252 Bids
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BVLGARI BLACK LEATHER BELT W/BAG & BOX, 38 IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
BVLGARI BLACK LEATHER BELT W/BAG & BOX, 38 IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1252 Bids
CONCHO BELT
Mar 04, 2:00 PM CST
CONCHO BELT
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Assorted Vintage Women’s Belts, Baby/ Doll Clothes
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Vintage Women’s Belts, Baby/ Doll Clothes
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Lot of 6 Ladies Designer Belts
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Lot of 6 Ladies Designer Belts
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Lot of 5 Ladies Designer Belts
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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8 Vintage Leather Belts
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
8 Vintage Leather Belts
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
Napoleon Abueva (1930 - 2018) - Chastity Belt
Mar 09, 2:00 PM PST
Napoleon Abueva (1930 - 2018) - Chastity Belt
by Leon Gallery
Est: ₱1,600,000- ₱2,080,000
₱1,600,0000 Bids
New 2017 Naga Grappling Championship Belt
Mar 05, 7:00 PM EST
New 2017 Naga Grappling Championship Belt
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $175- $200
$400 Bids
A Gilt And Silver-Inlaid Copper Belt Hook
Mar 07, 2:00 PM PST
A Gilt And Silver-Inlaid Copper Belt Hook
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
Large Group of Vintage Textiles, Shoes & Belts
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Large Group of Vintage Textiles, Shoes & Belts
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
colorful belt w/ human figures
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
colorful belt w/ human figures
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
CAUCUS SILVER BELTS SIGNED 84
Mar 03, 6:00 PM IST
CAUCUS SILVER BELTS SIGNED 84
by Alma
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
VARIOUS DRESS BELTS.
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
VARIOUS DRESS BELTS.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £100- £150
£900 Bids
#N/A Cap Bust Coin Silver Belt (19 Coins)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CST
#N/A Cap Bust Coin Silver Belt (19 Coins)
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $1,305- $10,000
$1,3000 Bids
Mexican Leather Belt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Mexican Leather Belt
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Avignon Snakeskin Leather Belt
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Avignon Snakeskin Leather Belt
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$10 Bids
SUZI ROHER Black Suede Crystal Belt
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
SUZI ROHER Black Suede Crystal Belt
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belts


Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

BougieHabit

BougieHabit

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen