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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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A Vintage Pheasant Feather Tie
Mar 02, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Vintage Pheasant Feather Tie
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
ROLEX Green silk tie
Mar 07, 7:00 PM CET
ROLEX Green silk tie
by ICONEEK
Est: CHF30- CHF90
CHF402 Bids
BATTISTONI - Tie.
Feb 29, 4:00 PM CET
BATTISTONI - Tie.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €60- €70
€100 Bids
Hermes tie 100% silk in box,
Mar 15, 12:00 PM CET
Hermes tie 100% silk in box,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €70- €0
€700 Bids
Hermes tie 100% silk blue with flowers
Mar 15, 12:00 PM CET
Hermes tie 100% silk blue with flowers
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €70- €0
€700 Bids
Hermes tie 100% silk green with flowers
Mar 15, 12:00 PM CET
Hermes tie 100% silk green with flowers
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €70- €0
€700 Bids
Sterling Silver Rattlesnake Slide Bolo Tie
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Sterling Silver Rattlesnake Slide Bolo Tie
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$100 Bids
Emilio Pucci Silk Ties, 4
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Emilio Pucci Silk Ties, 4
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
EDDY MONETTI - Striped blue tie.
Feb 29, 4:00 PM CET
EDDY MONETTI - Striped blue tie.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €50- €60
€100 Bids
HERMES - Tie.
Feb 29, 4:00 PM CET
HERMES - Tie.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €70- €80
€100 Bids
EDDY MONETTI - Striped tie.
Feb 29, 4:00 PM CET
EDDY MONETTI - Striped tie.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €50- €60
€100 Bids
A GOOD HERMES SMALL SILK CRAVAT/TIE, in a Hermes box, as new.
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A GOOD HERMES SMALL SILK CRAVAT/TIE, in a Hermes box, as new.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £100- £150
£900 Bids
HERGÉ, Georges Remi dit (1907-1983)
Mar 10, 2:00 PM CET
HERGÉ, Georges Remi dit (1907-1983)
by Stanley's auction
Est: €60- €70
€500 Bids
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CHOPARD VINTAGE tie set.
Mar 09, 3:00 PM CET
CHOPARD VINTAGE tie set.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €15- €200
€150 Bids
PATEK PHILIPPE A mint brown silk tie
Mar 07, 7:00 PM CET
PATEK PHILIPPE A mint brown silk tie
by ICONEEK
Est: CHF80- CHF150
CHF700 Bids
4 VINTAGE 1997 LOONEY TUNES STAMP COLLECTION MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
4 VINTAGE 1997 LOONEY TUNES STAMP COLLECTION MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
3 VINTAGE 1990'S TAZ LOONEY TUNES MANIA MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
3 VINTAGE 1990'S TAZ LOONEY TUNES MANIA MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
VINTAGE RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER AND CITY NOBLE ALADDIN MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER AND CITY NOBLE ALADDIN MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
5 VINTAGE HOLIDAY MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
5 VINTAGE HOLIDAY MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
4 VINTAGE SPORTS RELATED MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
4 VINTAGE SPORTS RELATED MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
5 VINTAGE ANIMAL PRINT SILK MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
5 VINTAGE ANIMAL PRINT SILK MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
5 VINTAGE POLYSTER MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
5 VINTAGE POLYSTER MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
NICE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE MEN'S NECK TIES
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
NICE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE MEN'S NECK TIES
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Hermes France Patterned Silk Tie w Fish Motif
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Hermes France Patterned Silk Tie w Fish Motif
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Ties


Diefenderfer Auction Company

Diefenderfer Auction Company

Greenwich Auction

Greenwich Auction

Capitolium Art

Capitolium Art

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