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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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COUTURE. (11) Hermes Silk Ties.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
COUTURE. (11) Hermes Silk Ties.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$4003 Bids
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VINTAGE Krawatten-Konvolut.
Oct 08, 3:00 PM CEST
VINTAGE Krawatten-Konvolut.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€302 Bids
(2) Sterling Silver Bolo Ties, Justin Morris Signe
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Sterling Silver Bolo Ties, Justin Morris Signe
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
8 RANK NECKLACES ODD FELLOWS EDEN LODGE WILMINGTON DELAWARE AND TIES
Sep 27, 10:00 AM EDT
8 RANK NECKLACES ODD FELLOWS EDEN LODGE WILMINGTON DELAWARE AND TIES
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$601 Bid
LOT OF 7 BOLO TIE NECKLACES
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 7 BOLO TIE NECKLACES
by Imperial Auction
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
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Hermes Cravatta Hermès
Oct 04, 4:00 PM CEST
Hermes Cravatta Hermès
by Faraone Casa d'Aste
Est: €50- €100
€1000 Bids
Two Silk Mens Ties
Sep 27, 7:00 PM EDT
Two Silk Mens Ties
by Rahway Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$100 Bids
A Well Executed Cut-Out Caribou Tie Tac
Oct 08, 11:30 AM EDT
A Well Executed Cut-Out Caribou Tie Tac
by Mitchell Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
Lot of 3 Hermes Silk Ties w/ Boxes.
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CDT
Lot of 3 Hermes Silk Ties w/ Boxes.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$700 Bids
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BURBERRY VINTAGE Krawattenklammer.
Oct 08, 3:00 PM CEST
BURBERRY VINTAGE Krawattenklammer.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€150 Bids
Vintage HERMÈS silk tie, model 625657 EA, repeat pattern of rocking horse w
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
Vintage HERMÈS silk tie, model 625657 EA, repeat pattern of rocking horse w
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
HERMÈS silk tie in original case, model 5661 EA, vintage, repeat pattern of
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
HERMÈS silk tie in original case, model 5661 EA, vintage, repeat pattern of
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
Collection of four HERMÈS silk ties, vintage, consisting of: Model 5358 OA,
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
Collection of four HERMÈS silk ties, vintage, consisting of: Model 5358 OA,
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
ALASKAN ESKIMO INUIT CARVED BOLO TIE
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
ALASKAN ESKIMO INUIT CARVED BOLO TIE
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
AGATE INDIAN ARROWHEAD BOLO TIE
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
AGATE INDIAN ARROWHEAD BOLO TIE
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
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Cravatta Hermès
Oct 04, 4:00 PM CEST
Cravatta Hermès
by Faraone Casa d'Aste
Est: €50- €100
€1000 Bids
BOLO TIES AND AN AGATE NECKLACE PENDANT
Oct 01, 9:00 AM MDT
BOLO TIES AND AN AGATE NECKLACE PENDANT
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
ZUNI INLAID STERLING SILVER BIRD BOLO TIE
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
ZUNI INLAID STERLING SILVER BIRD BOLO TIE
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids
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Jose Hess Gold Bow Tie Metal: 14k gold; black rhodium Element: silk-backed gros
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Jose Hess Gold Bow Tie Metal: 14k gold; black rhodium Element: silk-backed gros
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
Bull Bolo Tie
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Bull Bolo Tie
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Marco, Italy Tie
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Marco, Italy Tie
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Bakelite Bolo Tie?
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
A Bakelite Bolo Tie?
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $75- $750
$700 Bids
Gucci Tie
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
Gucci Tie
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Hermes Paris 11pc Silk Ties & Pocket Squares LOT
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Hermes Paris 11pc Silk Ties & Pocket Squares LOT
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Ties


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Auktionshaus am See

Auktionshaus am See

Auktionshaus Eppli

Auktionshaus Eppli