Vintage Judith Leiber Belts

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2015-06-26 10:32:41

Vintage Judith Leiber Belts are original fashion accessories created by the Hungarian designer Judith Leiber.

Brief history and description

Judith Leiber is a Hungarian designer of luxury goods, including bags and belts.

Leiber’s career as a designer began with her designing for others, before branching out with the founding of her own company in the early 1960’s.

Since then, items from her collection have become a uniquely identifiable and very desirable amongst the wealthy elite, with particularly recognizable designs often featuring depictions of animals and a great attention to detail.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Judith Leiber belts, as a very valuable collectable, appear frequently at both mainstream and more specialist auction houses.

They are also featured (though rarely) in online auctions at auctioneers such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find low opening bids and great bargains.

Leiber’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including pieces in constant display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Leiber Museum, which focuses on the work of Judith Leiber and her painter husband Gergson Leiber, is located in New York, and features extensive information on the designer’s creations. Further information can be found at the Leiber Museum website.

Value

There have been instances of vintage Judith Leiber belts selling for high prices at auction, such as the sale of several Leiber belts dated from the 1970’s which auctioned from Rose Hill Auction Gallery on 11th July 2005 for $750.

The end-sale price of an individual vintage Judith Leiber belt is largely dependent upon the condition of the belt itself, with items in mint condition or with only minimal signs of wear often reaching the highest prices. This is evidenced by the sale of a vintage black snakeskin Judith Leiber belt, which sold for $500 from DuMouchelles on 15th May 2011.

At the lower end of the price scale, a vintage tan Judith Leiber belt auctioned from Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antique Auctions on 20th October 2009 for just $25.

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