Men's Hats

The formal custom of wearing hats has been in rapid decline since the John F. Kennedy era, and casual culture has made mass-produced baseball caps and knitted ski caps a common style choice. But even among this decline in fine hat wearing, fashionable toppers still have a dedicated legion of collectors.

Fine men’s hats are made of a variety of materials including wool, leather, velvet, and straw. Options veer from the subtle fedora to the bold top hat. Other popular styles include the traditional round topped bowler and the hand woven Panama hat.

Modern-day millinery is alive and well with a relatively small but passionate number of hat makers still plying their trade. Vintage hats are particularly popular at auction and serve as both inspiration for contemporary designs and objects of appreciation for auction participants.


Quick Facts

  • A hat worn by Michael Jackson during his 1995 appearance at the MTV Music Awards sold at a 2009 New York Times Square Hard Rock Cafe auction for $73,800. The hat was tossed by the pop star into the audience during the performance
  • A fur fedora worn by Harrison Ford during production of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade sold at a Profiles in History Hollywood memorabilia auction in October 2015 for $90,000
  • Director George Lucas donated one of the fur fedoras worn by Harrison Ford during production of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for a Hollywood memorabilia auction with Profiles in History

Recommended Items at Auction

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Authentic BURBERRY Hat with Navy Nova Check
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Authentic BURBERRY Hat with Navy Nova Check
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $80
$405 Bids
Group of Five Equestrian Hats
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Group of Five Equestrian Hats
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Chris Eddy Wool Tumbleweed Cowboy Hat Size 6.78
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Chris Eddy Wool Tumbleweed Cowboy Hat Size 6.78
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $30- $60
$101 Bid
Beaver pelt stove pipe top hat in original wallpaper box
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Beaver pelt stove pipe top hat in original wallpaper box
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Victorian hats.
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian hats.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Kasey Kahne Signed Autographed NASCAR Hat Certified Coa
Oct 17, 7:00 PM EDT
Kasey Kahne Signed Autographed NASCAR Hat Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$111 Bid
Hand Blown Art Glass Top Hat
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Blown Art Glass Top Hat
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
Zylinder aus Maulwurfsfell mit Original Hutschachtel um 1900/20
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Zylinder aus Maulwurfsfell mit Original Hutschachtel um 1900/20
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €150- €200
€200 Bids
ELSA SCHIAPARELLI - COCKTAIL HAT - 1949 ca
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
ELSA SCHIAPARELLI - COCKTAIL HAT - 1949 ca
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €250- €500
€1900 Bids
LOT OF 6 HATS - 50s / 60s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
LOT OF 6 HATS - 50s / 60s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €70- €100
€700 Bids
Turkmen girl's hat (gupba) with hanger
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Turkmen girl's hat (gupba) with hanger
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€800 Bids
Turkmen girl's hat (gupba) with hanger
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Turkmen girl's hat (gupba) with hanger
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€800 Bids
MENS 14K GOLD GREEK PHILOSOPHER W OLIVE BRANCH HAT RING
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
MENS 14K GOLD GREEK PHILOSOPHER W OLIVE BRANCH HAT RING
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $1,275- $1,666
$1,0000 Bids
Antique Wooden Hat Mold, Size 7 1/2", EC with Brim ( Two Piece)
Jan 08, 1:00 PM EST
Antique Wooden Hat Mold, Size 7 1/2", EC with Brim ( Two Piece)
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Asian Handmade Skirt & Hat
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Asian Handmade Skirt & Hat
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$700 Bids
OF ROYAL INTEREST. A 19TH CENTURY CANVAS BOUND HAT BOX
Oct 22, 10:00 AM BST
OF ROYAL INTEREST. A 19TH CENTURY CANVAS BOUND HAT BOX
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
Fancy Hat Collection with Hat Stands
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Fancy Hat Collection with Hat Stands
by Caza Sikes
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
Sombrero
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Sombrero
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$60 Bids
5 Trachtenhauben in Korb bzw. Schachtel.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
5 Trachtenhauben in Korb bzw. Schachtel.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
§ Tom Greenshields (1915-1994), Anya's Hat, a cold cast bronze resin model,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
§ Tom Greenshields (1915-1994), Anya's Hat, a cold cast bronze resin model,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
A COCKED HAT, EPAULETTES FOR A LIEUTENANT OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1935
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A COCKED HAT, EPAULETTES FOR A LIEUTENANT OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1935
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
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A PAIR OF HARDWOOD 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS Late Qing Dynasty (2)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A PAIR OF HARDWOOD 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS Late Qing Dynasty (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Men's Hats


Material Culture

Material Culture

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc