Ties

Accessories that provide a splash of color and just the right finishing touch, men's ties are considered to be the modern male equivalent of a scarf. But these accessories have a history that runs deeper than complementing designer suits.

Neck embellishments have been worn with men's clothing since ancient times to signify rank, status, or simply as a barrier to perspiration, like the early ascot. Modern, primarily decorative neckties date back to King Louis XIV of France, who popularized the tie's predecessor, the cravat, after seeing adornments that looked like bow ties on 17th century Croatian soldiers.

Today, the necktie has many iterations, from everyday designer ties used as a complement to designer suits by businessmen and sharp dressers everywhere to bow ties intended as formal wear for black tie events. The most popular ties are made from long lengths of yarn-dyed silk knotted several ways to suit the collar style and sensibility of the wearer. Others are rendered in cotton, linen, wool, cashmere, synthetic fibers, or blends.

Some of the most coveted ties are the seven-fold variety, so named because they are crafted from a single piece of fabric artfully folded—not cut and sewn together—seven times, giving them luxurious heft and drape.


Quick Facts

  • The Suashish Necktie, the most expensive tie in the world, is made from pure silk and crafted with 150 grams of gold and 271 diamonds. It has a $220,000 price tag
  • Ties can command excellent prices at auction. Bold post World War II ties, hand-painted rayon ties, corporate and advertising ties, cartoon ties, and rare pieces like original Salvador Dali designs are popular with collectors
  • In March 2015, a signed blue striped silk necktie owned by former Florida governor Jeb Bush sold for $355 at an eBay auction of ties donated by Republican 2016 presidential candidates

Recommended Items at Auction

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GROUP, SIX HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, BROWNS & REDS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP, SIX HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, BROWNS & REDS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, GREENS & GOLDS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, GREENS & GOLDS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, BLUES & BLACKS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, BLUES & BLACKS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
GROUP, NINE SALVATORE FERRAGAMO MEN'S SILK TIES
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP, NINE SALVATORE FERRAGAMO MEN'S SILK TIES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$751 Bid
CAROL CHANNING RED LEATHER BOUND UNUSED DIARY
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING RED LEATHER BOUND UNUSED DIARY
by Abell Auction
Est: $25- $50
$251 Bid
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, VARIOUS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP, FIVE HERMES MEN'S SILK TIES, VARIOUS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LOT OF 4 TIES - 70s / 80s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
LOT OF 4 TIES - 70s / 80s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €30- €40
€250 Bids
Necklaces (4) in red coral Sizes: divers Weight (K): 0,142kg Condition: at first sigh
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Necklaces (4) in red coral Sizes: divers Weight (K): 0,142kg Condition: at first sigh
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €150- €300
€1400 Bids
Tie Pin
Oct 25, 7:00 PM WEST
Tie Pin
by Leiloeira Santo Eloy
Est: €400- €900
€4000 Bids
Gold "Tie" pin
Oct 25, 7:00 PM WEST
Gold "Tie" pin
by Leiloeira Santo Eloy
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
ARTSCHWAGER, R. 'Protect me from what I want'. (Contemporary Archeology, Pandora Part
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
ARTSCHWAGER, R. 'Protect me from what I want'. (Contemporary Archeology, Pandora Part
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
GUILLIMANN, F. Habsburgiaca, sive de antiqua, et vera origine domus Austriæ vita
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
GUILLIMANN, F. Habsburgiaca, sive de antiqua, et vera origine domus Austriæ vita
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €190- €240
€1900 Bids
Ladybug enamel tie tac or collar pin
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Ladybug enamel tie tac or collar pin
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $25- $60
$200 Bids
CONG-TUBE 玉琮
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
CONG-TUBE 玉琮
by Hardt Auctions GmbH
Est: €80- €100
€600 Bids
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TURQUOISE & CORAL BOLO TIE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TURQUOISE & CORAL BOLO TIE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
NATIVE AMERICAN SILVER & TURQUOISE BOLO TIE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
NATIVE AMERICAN SILVER & TURQUOISE BOLO TIE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Large Victorian Black & Gilt Wood Frame with Oval Portrait-
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
Large Victorian Black & Gilt Wood Frame with Oval Portrait-
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Three Hermès printed silk ties, 1980s-90s,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
Three Hermès printed silk ties, 1980s-90s,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
A large group of men's ties, mainly 1990s,
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
A large group of men's ties, mainly 1990s,
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Ties


Sworders

Sworders

Kerry Taylor Auctions

Kerry Taylor Auctions

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Lux Auction

Lux Auction