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Judith Leiber Lion

Judith Leiber Lion Buckle Black Embossed Leather Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in University City, MO
Judith Leiber Ornate lion buckle black embossed leather belt c 1980 The elegant belt is adorned
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1980s American Belts

Gold-Tone Judith Leiber Metal Stretch Lion Belt Size US XXS
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Gold-tone metal stretch belt by Judith Leiber. Lion head buckle closure. 3" width, 23" length.
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1970s Galanos for Amelia Gray Satin Smock
By James Galanos, Galanos for Amelia Gray
Located in Gresham, OR
a Judith Leiber Lion belt.
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1970s American Smocks

Judith Leiber Black Lizard Lion Head Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Black Lizard Lion Head Clutch in very good condition. Black pleated lizard leather
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1980s Clutches

Judith Leiber White Belt W/ Gold Lions Head Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber White Belt W/ Gold Lions Head Clasp. Measurements: Longest length - 39.5 inches
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1990s American Belts

1970s Bill Blass Color-Blocked Purple Silk Chiffon Goddess Gown w Tiered Hem
By Bill Blass
Located in Gresham, OR
Judith Leiber gold stretch belt with lion head buckle. Inner grosgrain waist band for an extra secure nip
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1970s American Maxi Dress

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Judith Leiber Chinese Lions Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Incredible black python Judith Leiber Chinese Lions belt. Belt is fully adjustable.
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Vintage JUDITH LEIBER 1960's Lion medallion ivory snakeskin belt
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Judith Leiber Lion Clasp Embossed White Leather Handbag c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in University City, MO
Judith Leiber Lion clasp embossed white leather handbag c 1980s The elegant handbag is adorned with
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1980s Judith Leiber Lion Adjustable Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Amazing 1980s Lion's head belt from iconic designer Judith Leiber! Gold and silver metal lion
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1980s Judith Leiber Lion Adjustable Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Amazing 1980s Lion's head belt from iconic designer Judith Leiber! Gold and silver metal lion
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1980's Judith Leiber Python Belt with Lion Buckle
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1980s Judith Leiber Suede and Gold "Door Knocker" Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Gresham, OR
A bold 1980s Judith Leiber belt: Back-buckle, leather lined, with extra large gold-plated lion
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Judith Leiber Adjustable Waist Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Austin, TX
Judith Leiber adjustable taupe leather waist belt with gold lion buckle. 2" H. Condition
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Judith Leiber 1980s Goldtone Stretch Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic piece by classic brand Judith Leiber. Large double gold tone belt with Lions Head Buckle
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Judith Leiber Black Lizard Evening Convertible Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Malibu, CA
Judith Leiber Black Lizard Skin Evening Bag- PRISTINE . Elegant and timeless, it is certain to
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Judith Leiber Lion Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Vintage Judith Leiber Lion Minaudière Gold Clutch
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Judith Leiber Swavorski Crystal Lion Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Offered for sale is this darling Lion clutch by Judith Leiber encrusted with Swavorski crystal and
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1980's Leiber Black Satin Evening Bag with Lions Head Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Judith Leiber evening bag with a figural clasp of a lions head mounted on a plaque surrounded by
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Judith Leiber Lion For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary judith leiber lion you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer Brown, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Black, Blue and more options on these pages. If you’re looking for a judith leiber lion from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Judith Leiber Lion?

The price for a judith leiber lion starts at $225 and tops out at $2,400, and on average, selling for $450.

Judith Leiber for sale on 1stDibs

When it comes to handbags, no designer can compete with Judith Leiber’s ability to create magic using opulent crystals and wildly imaginative and playful shapes. The Hungarian-born designer's lauded vintage minaudières (small, decorative handbags, often without handles or a strap) were made in the form of crystal-covered swans, cupcakes, lipstick, wads of cash, teddy bears and other delightful objects.

These dazzling objets d’art have been regularly seen in the hands of First Ladies, movie stars on the red carpet and even in the prestigious collections of institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And like many pathbreaking inventions in the history of design, Leiber's purses and minaudières were the result of a happy accident.

In 1967, Leiber began working on her first metal handbag. The piece in question was named the Chatelaine, and the design was a graceful drop-shaped purse in gold-tinted metal. But when the samples came in, Leiber saw that the bottom of the bag looked greenish and discolored as a result of the plating process. She had the ingenious idea of applying crystal rhinestones to the base to cover up the flaws. The fabulous bag was a huge success and would become her trademark.

Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Leiber overcame many hardships before her breakthrough. At the start of World War II, she was working at the Pessl handbag company in Budapest where she quickly climbed the ranks to become a master craftswoman. When the war escalated, she and her Jewish family were forced by the Nazis to live in a cellar of a ghetto, and several of her relatives were killed in concentration camps.

“I designed handbags in my head to get through the misery,” Leiber said.

After the liberation of Budapest, she married Gerson “Gus” Leiber, an American GI, and moved to New York. In 1948, she began working for the fashion house Nettie Rosenstein. One of Leiber's first major pieces was the handbag embroidered with glittering rhinestones and pearls carried by Mamie Eisenhower at the 1953 inaugural ball. In 1963, she finally set up her own company.

Leiber’s whimsical designs embellished with Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones defied traditional notions of luxury handbags. She also created striking clutches and bags with leather and fine textiles from around the world. In her 65-year career, she designed over 3,500 bags, which have been worn by First Ladies including Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush, pop icons like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner (who collects Judith Leiber bags).

In 2005, the Leiber Collection Museum opened in East Hampton, New York, as a permanent space to showcase her work. The minaudières remain coveted objects that are celebrated worldwide for their eclectic beauty and glamorous charm.

The value of a good handbag cannot be overstated — find vintage Judith Leiber shoulder bags, crossbody bags, sunglasses and other fashion accessories today on 1stDibs.