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.

Levis 501 big E selvedge denim jeans W34 L36 original? not LVC

High Bid: $1,177.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
12h 25m

Vintage LEVI STRAUSS 501 Blue Jeans W 35 L 33

High Bid: $1,075.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
3d 13h 49m

Vtg 60s Levi S Type Big E 501 Denim Jeans DARK V Stitch 40x30.5 SS Redline Mint

High Bid: $670.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
20h 23m

Vintage Levis 501 Small E Redline Jeans 38X30Single Stitch #6 Button

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
14h 52m


High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
9d 8h 26m

air jordan 4 levis black Denim Size 10 With 2 Matching Tee Shirts Size XL

High Bid: $260.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 19h 43m

Levis x Air Jordan 4 Retro Denim MEN SIZES 8-13

High Bid: $245.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 22h 9m

Levis Jacket LVC Dead stock Brand new with Tags S506XX SIZE 40 MED

High Bid: $241.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 8h 2m

Supreme Levis Jacket sz/large

High Bid: $240.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6d 12h 35m

Levis Jacket LVC Dead stock Brand new with Tags 506XX SIZE 36 SMALL

High Bid: $219.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 8h 9m

Levi Air Jordan 4 100% Authetic New With Box 10

High Bid: $205.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
5d 12h 26m

Air Jordan IV Retro Levis Black Denim Size 12 Limited Edition READY TO SHIP!!!!!

High Bid: $170.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
17h 28m


High Bid: $129.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 11h 46m

Vtg LEVI’S 501 Red Line Selvedge Jeans Men’s 40 x 30 Single Stitch Non Big E

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
20h 19m

vintage LEVIS 501 Big E Redline Selvedge Blue Jeans gently worn w 31 l 33 t

High Bid: $109.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
8d 17h 38m

Levi's LVC 1933 cut 501 jeans, red line selvedge, fantastic detail. 38W/37L.

High Bid: $109.17
Bids: 9
Time Left:
3d 12h 22m

Levi's x Air Jordan Reversible Denim Trucker Jacket SIZE L

High Bid: $107.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 10h 3m

Supreme X Levi Overall

High Bid: $107.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 5h 5m

Vintage Levis 501, Big "E", Redline, 1960s, W32, L29 (32 x 29)

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
9d 22h 49m


High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 3h 10m

Levi's Denim Sherpa Cropped Trucker Jacket NWT Large

High Bid: $90.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
11h 11m

Levis Jeans 501 BIG E size 29 by 34 NOT washed DEADSTOCK

High Bid: $89.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
4d 11h 59m

Vintage 80's LEVI 501 Destroyed Patchwork Denim Hippie Jeans 30x33 USA

High Bid: $83.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
3d 20h 17m

Vintage Levi’s Strauss & Co. LEVIS Black Denim Jean Jacket Sherpa Lined Size L

High Bid: $80.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
21h 59m

Mens Vintage LEVIS Sherpa Lined Denim Trucker Jacket LARGE Made In USA

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
18h 34m