FOUND - Vintage Levi's May Fetch $100,000

124-Years-Old and they Still Look Brand-New

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Jock Taylor shows 'Strange Inheritance' host Jamie Colby, where he found the Levi's.


April 2, 2017
By James Massey

TUCSON, ARIZONA (VIDEO) – Fox Business is reporting, a rare pair of 124-year-old Levi's have been discovered in an antique cedar chest. The jeans, reportedly in mint unworn condition, may be worth up to $100,000 - according to some reports.

The vintage jeans were found in an antique trunk by Jock Taylor, the great-great grandson of Soloman Warner, an Arizona pioneer. The trunk, thought to be Warner's, had been passed from generation to generation by Taylor’s family before ending up in his possession.

One of a Kind

The size 44 jeans, dated to 1893, look brand-new and unworn. They are believed to have belonged to Warner. The connection is likely due to the jeans 37-inch length and Warner's 6-foot-6 height. At 124-years-old, the Levi’s may be the oldest unworn pair in existence.

Estimated Value: $50,000 - $100,000

Reportedly, Taylor has declined an offer from Levi's to purchase the jeans for $50,000 - and is hoping to get a better offer after hearing of a pair fetching six-figures.

According to Brit Eaton, a vintage denim collector interviewed by Fox Business, six-figures may be challenging. “Size really does matter,” says Eaton. Eaton makes a good point, by indicating if the jeans don't fit high-end collectors buying to wear, the field of competitive bidders may be smaller.

However, auctioneer Daniel Buck Soules who examined the jeans. Indicates collectors may be more excited by the rarity and historical significance of owning the oldest known vintage Levi's in mint unworn condition. A Daily Mail article appears to support this idea by saying; "they could be worth a small fortune stretching into six-figures."

Time will tell... and either way, it's an extraordinarily exciting find.

Featured on TV

The Levi's find will be highlighted Monday, April 3, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox Business Network’s “Strange Inheritance.”

Top 25: Vintage Levi's on eBay

The following list today's current Top 25 active Levi's auctions sorted by highest-bid on eBay, worldwide.


pre 1955 vintage LEVIS with Big E hidden copper rivits selvedge 34 x 33 inseam

High Bid: $858.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 19h 22m


Vintage Levi's Jeans Extremely RARE Child Size Big E Double X

High Bid: $638.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 19h 40m


WWDC Jacket 2017 Levi's Jacket BRAND NEW, with Collector Pins WWDC17 wrist strap

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 20h 14m


The Weeknd Starboy Denim Jacket

High Bid: $264.61
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 19h 5m


Vintage LEVI'S big E 501 Jeans. 31 x 30.5

High Bid: $260.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
19h 30m


VINTAGE 1960 60S LEVI'S 501 JEANS NO 6 REDLINE NO BIG E REDLINES 34X29 VTG

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 15
Time Left:
4d 8h 20m


Supreme x Levi’s Camo Limited Edition Men's Overalls, Size 34

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 11h 44m


WWDC 2017 Jacket (Size L Large), Pins, Bonus Pin

High Bid: $182.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 6h 3m


Vintage Men's Levi's Orange Tab 70's 405 Cargo Style Jeans 32x34 Talon Zipper

High Bid: $157.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
2d 20h 50m


Vtg Mens Leather LEVI Motorcycle Biker Bomber Western Trucker Jacket Coat Jeans

High Bid: $157.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
3d 15h 8m


Supreme×Levi's Floral Jeans

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 2h 49m


RE/DONE Levis denim hi-rise crop sz 27

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 14h 10m


WWDC 2017 Jacket

High Bid: $135.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
1d 7h 34m


LEVI'S 501z 1954 SELVAGE DENIM [5015400330] SELVEDGE BIG E RED TAB JEANS 38 X 34

High Bid: $129.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 16h 29m


Apple WWDC 2017 Jacket Levi's Medium M

High Bid: $123.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 3h 3m


LVC LEVI'S Vintage Clothing 2nd type 507 XX Selvedge Denim Jacket BIG"E" Size 40

High Bid: $120.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7d 8h 22m


SMART BOXED UNWORN LIMITED EDITION 10TH ANNI. LEVIS ENGINEERED JEANS W30 x L32

High Bid: $110.15
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 29m


Vintage Early 60's Levi's 501 Jeans 'Big E' Hidden Rivets

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
20h 10m


Supreme x Levi's LVC Selvedge 505 Stars Raw Indigo Denim Jeans 32/32 FW 2011

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
8h 35m


Studded Punk Crust Denim Jacket Size M, Deviated Instinct, Amebix, Discharge UK

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 19h 33m


vintage levis 501xx redline selvedged button 524 33x34

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
9d 56m


LEVI'S 501 VTG DEADSTOCK SINGLE STITCH #6 W/ TAGS SELVEDGE REDLINE 52 34 1966

High Bid: $99.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 21h 41m


Vintage Levis Nasty Gal After Party 26 Tapered Skinny Button Re/Done Reformation

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 14h 46m


BNWT $195 RE/DONE Brand Levi's High Rise Classic Denim Cutoff Shorts sz 27

High Bid: $89.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 13h 31m


NWT LVC Levis Vintage Clothing 1962 551zxx Rigid Dry zip fly Jeans Size 34w 32l

High Bid: $88.63
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 9h 50m