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.


Nike LeBron 8 Victory Green sample PE sz 11 off white levis cement supreme

High Bid: $750.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 15h 35m


Jordan Retro 4 X Levis 9 UK

High Bid: $530.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
7h 30m


Nike Air Jordan Levis Retro 4 NRG Dark Blue Denim A02571-401 Size 9

High Bid: $530.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 13h 55m


Vintage 1950s Levis Shorthorn Denim Western Sanforized Sawtooth Pearl Snap Shirt

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 41
Time Left:
4d 19h 43m


Levi’s x air Jordan 4 size US9 DSWT

High Bid: $498.13
Bids: 3
Time Left:
2d 4h 30m


Air Jordan Retro 4 NRG Levi's Denim AO2571-401 Size 12

High Bid: $475.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 19h 36m


Air Jordan 4 "Levis Denim" Size 9

High Bid: $455.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 22h 19m


Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG, Authentic, Size 13, Levis Denim Red Gum

High Bid: $455.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
4d 20h 37m


Levis x Jordan Retro 4 Sz 11 100% AUTHENTIC Trusted Seller

High Bid: $450.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
4d 13h 32m


Jordan 4 Levis Denim Blue Size 11

High Bid: $375.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 17h 18m


Lot of 4 LVC Levi’s Tag Size 32x32,551 ZXX,501,501XX.Made in USA

High Bid: $368.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2d 11h 8m


Jordan 4 Levi's NRG sz 11 (AO2571-401) DENIM 

High Bid: $350.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
11h 48m


Jordan Retro 4 Levis,denim,size 10

High Bid: $340.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
19h 40m


2018 Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG LEVIS SZ 9.5 Denim Game Red TZ OG AO2571-401

High Bid: $340.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
3d 11h 49m


VINTAGE 1950'S LEVIS BIG E 501 SELVEDGE REDLINE JEANS 36 X 28 MADE IN USA L@@K

High Bid: $338.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
2d 18h 53m


Levi's x Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Denim" AO2571-401 Men Size US 10.5 NEW LimiteD

High Bid: $310.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 22h 50m


JORDAN TOP 3 BLACK TOES 88 OFF WHITE IGLOO RUST FRAGMENT LEVI KAWS PSNY OVO DUNK

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
1d 14h 48m


Levi's x Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Denim" AO2571-401 Men Size US 11 NEW Limited

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
4d 23h 19m


Levi’s x Filson Tan Oil Cloth Trucker Jacket Size Large Never Worn!!!

High Bid: $300.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 11h 5m


AIR JORDAN 4 RETRO LEVIS NRG DENIM SAIL GUM AO2571-401. LEGIT! ⭐️ %100 AUTHENTIC

High Bid: $300.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 20h 6m


Supreme Snakeskin Trucker Levis Jacket Light Blue Medium

High Bid: $299.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 20h 24m


2018 Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG LEVIS SZ 8.5.

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 20h 10m


Exclusive!!Vintage Levi's 505 0217 XX Talon Zip Men's 32x34 Jeans NWT 1966 Dark

High Bid: $280.30
Bids: 6
Time Left:
3d 20h 34m


AIR JORDAN 4 RETRO LEVIS NRG DENIM SAIL GUM AO2571-401 US Size 11

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
2d 4h 48m


Levis Leather Trucker Jacket Mens M NWT New Motorcycle Vintage Coat Medium Moto

High Bid: $279.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 20h 59m