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.


VTG NOS LEVI'S 501 REDLINE SALVAGE NO. 6 DENIM JEANS SIZE 38W X 32L

High Bid: $705.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
5h 29m


Rare Levis X Filson Trucker Jacket (black) medium

High Bid: $405.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 10h 25m


Levis Vintage 501 Jeans 1960’s Selvedge Big E 46 x 30 Made in USA whitelines

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 17h 47m


2007 Nike Air Jordan 1 23/501 LEVIS Denim Pack 12 RARE Sample Banned Fragment sb

High Bid: $259.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 5h


Suede Zip Bomber Beige Levis Made & Crafted

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6h 14m


Levis vintage denim strapback hat, orange tab, vintage denim

High Bid: $201.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
5d 16h 20m


Vintage 1950's Levis 501 Big E Selvedge Denim Hidden Rivets Pants 28 x 32

High Bid: $196.50
Bids: 9
Time Left:
11h 32m


Original LEVIS JEANS Big E Orange Tab Talon 42 Zipper Indigo Taper Leg 32x31

High Bid: $161.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
5d 15h 15m


Vintage big E levi's 505 0217 selvedge red line denim jeans 501 xx Talon zipper

High Bid: $128.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
2d 17h 43m


Re/done Levi's Limited Edition White Out ELSA size 27

High Bid: $125.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 14h 3m


RARE Filson x Levi's Waxed Trucker Jacket Perfect Condition Made in the USA

High Bid: $122.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 5h 34m


Nwt Levi's LVC 501Z XX 1954 Selvedge Redline Rigid Jeans Made In USA 33 x 34

High Bid: $120.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 14h 47m


1970 70s VINTAGE LEVI'S 501 Jeans Redline Selvedge USA Dark Indigo Wash 33 x 30

High Bid: $105.50
Bids: 7
Time Left:
5d 16h 26m


NWT LVC Levi's BigE 1954 501Z XX Jeans RIGID Made in USA W33L36 Shrink to Fit

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 1h 24m


RARE VINTAGE 70'S LEVIS LEVI'S TOP HAT LEVI STRAUSS ONLY 1 ON EBAY MED EX COND

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 10h 1m


Kim Kardashian West Levi's Blue Loose Fit Distressed Jeans w/ Patchwork No Size

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 18
Time Left:
2d 5h 28m


Vintage Levi's Re/Done 501 High Rise Light Wash Jeans 24 25 General Store

High Bid: $98.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 14h 41m


Re/done Levi's High Rise Ankle Crop Black Size 27

High Bid: $96.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
2d 13h 19m


VTG LEVIS 501 BIG E REDLINE SELVEDGE copper USA tag 36/36 actual 33/31 RARE Nice

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 17h 21m


Re/done Levi's Mini Skirt Size 27

High Bid: $90.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 14h 16m


SINGLE STITCH LEVIS 501 VINTAGE BIG E REDLINE SELVEDGE DENIM HIDDEN RIVET REP

High Bid: $90.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7d 14h 9m


Levi's Mens DISTRESSED BLACK LEATHER Lined Motorcycle CAFE BIKER JACKET XXL 2X

High Bid: $81.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 16h 47m


re/done Levi's High Rise Relaxed Denim Patch Jeans Size 26

High Bid: $80.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 9h 33m


Levi Jeans circa 1984, 501 Button Fly. 42×36 -- Made in USA

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
15h 53m


11 Jeans Pants Lot; Levis Banana Republic J Crew; A+ Cond; 32x30, 31x30, 30x30.

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7d 18h 27m