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.


Jordan 7 RETRO Miro Olympic SZ 9.5 100% AUTHENTIC DB BIN OFF WHITE KAWS LEVI

High Bid: $640.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
5d 12h 26m


Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis NRG Size 11 Denim Sail Gum A02571-401 Authentic

High Bid: $405.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
10h 30m


RARE Vintage Levi’s 507XX BIG E Rigid Redline Blue Denim Jacket Fringe 6 Kids

High Bid: $355.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 16h 46m


Men's Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis NRG Blue Denim Jeans (size 10 )

High Bid: $260.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
3d 2h 52m


Air Jordan 4 X Levis Denim Jeans  retro  Sz 11  Limited edition with reciept

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 19h 18m


Nike Air Jordan Retro 4 Levis NRG Blue Denim Sail Red Gum SZ 11 (AO2571-401)

High Bid: $242.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 11h 36m


Jordan Retro 4 Levis Levi’s Denim Nrg Size 8 Men Black Denim Blue Off White Red

High Bid: $230.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
2d 14h 20m


Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis Levi’s Denim Nrg Size 10.5 Men Blue Denim Off White Red

High Bid: $228.50
Bids: 16
Time Left:
2d 18h 45m


Jordan 1 501 Denim Pack Size 13 Levi

High Bid: $225.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
20h 23m


Vtg pant jumpsuit lot 17pc 50s cigarette Levis bell bottoms hip huggers hotpants

High Bid: $207.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 19h 6m


Air Jordan 4 x Levi’s Denim

High Bid: $205.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 51m


Black Denim Version Of The Levi’s x Air Jordan 4's

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
13h 24m


jordan 4 retro levi's denim

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 12h 5m


 Men's Levi's Air Jordan Retro 4, sz. 10.5, Brand new with Box!! Won't last!!

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 11h 44m


VINTAGE RARE 1960s LEVIS BIG E SELVAGE DENIM JEANS SIZE 30 WAIST. WORKWEAR

High Bid: $199.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 16h 24m


Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG 100% Authentic, Size 10, Levis Denim Red Gum

High Bid: $177.50
Bids: 35
Time Left:
4d 12h 14m


Air Jordan 4 Retro Levi's "Denim" NRG (request your size)

High Bid: $167.50
Bids: 20
Time Left:
12h 33m


Supreme Levi’s Pinstripe Trucker Jacket Blue Size Small

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
3d 9h 15m


Vtg. LEVI'S button fly denim jeans, red line, dark, tag W36 L32 measure W34 L30

High Bid: $125.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 19h 31m


Supreme Levis Denim Jacket Size Large 100% Authentic

High Bid: $122.50
Bids: 12
Time Left:
3d 8h 23m


MEN'S LEVI STRAUSS VINTAGE 1960 LEATHER BUCKSKIN SUEDE JACKET/ MEDIUM

High Bid: $115.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 14h 59m


VINTAGE LEVI STRAUSS 501 BIG E DISTRESSED DENIM JEANS 29 X 29 LEVI'S RED LINE

High Bid: $111.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 14h 23m


Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis NRG Size 13 Denim Authentic Sneakers Basketball Shoes

High Bid: $109.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 10h 35m


Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis NRG Size 11 Denim Sail Gum A02571-401 Authentic

High Bid: $104.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 17h 8m


Size L Levis Vintage Clothing 1953 Type II Trucker Jacket Break Water RRP £270

High Bid: $102.51
Bids: 7
Time Left:
14h 58m