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.


nMINT 1947 LEVI'S 501 XX w/ TAGS Museum Quality Denim Selvedge Jeans Size 36x36

High Bid: $5,900.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3d 6h 2m


VINAGE VERY RARE! 1950s HIDDEN RIVETS BIG E LEVIS 501XX DENIM SELVAGE JEANS 34

High Bid: $399.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 8h 46m


Vtg Rare Single Stitch 505 0217 BIG "E Levis USA Good Color 46x30

High Bid: $399.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2h 19m


Levi's Made & Crafted Vintage Distressed Denim Closed Front Jumper - Size M

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 6h 43m


Supreme Levi's Snakeskin Trucker Jacket WHITE Size LARGE

High Bid: $227.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3h 43m


VINTAGE 1960'S LEVI'S 501 BIG E V-STITCH DENIM JEANS -J BUTTON- MEASURES W29 L28

High Bid: $199.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 8h 15m


Shop Re/Done High Rise Ankle Crop Light Wash Levi's Size 23

High Bid: $180.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 1h 28m


Rare Levi's 1st Edition 1954 501ZXX 501Z Big E Conmar Zipper 701zxx? 701? 26x28

High Bid: $180.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 9h 15m


Levi's 1976 501's genuine NOS, with tags. Rare, raw, pristine condition W30/L34

High Bid: $166.52
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 2h 55m


Rare 1960s Vintage Big E Levi's Sherpa Suede Jacket Camel Brown Size M

High Bid: $133.22
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 4h 11m


Rare Levi's Vintage LVC 1937 201 XX 555 37201, Made In US Valencia California

High Bid: $127.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
4h 27m


Re/done Levis High Rise Crop 29

High Bid: $125.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 5h 32m


Levi's Vintage Clothing 1937 501 Jean Dry Goods Lot 501XX 32x32 Selvage Denim

High Bid: $124.50
Bids: 5
Time Left:
6h 21m


NWT womens Levis Orange Tab Sherpa Trucker Jacket corduroy SMALL $148

High Bid: $122.50
Bids: 15
Time Left:
5d 7h 10m


NWT LVC Levi's 1933 501xx Cone Mills Red Selvedge W33 Made in USA

High Bid: $117.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 4h 24m


Vintage Levi's Big E Redline 501 Button Fly Jeans

High Bid: $115.50
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 22h


Vtg 60s Levi 501 Big E Redline Hige Faded Denim Jeans Measure 33x30 SS Nice!

High Bid: $113.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
9h 57m


VTG NWT Levi's 501 Denim Jeans 31 x 38 Shrink to Fit Button Fly Made In USA 1984

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


Vtg Big E Baby Toddler Levi’s Jeans Selvedge 19x12 Kids Children’s Child Rare

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 23h 31m


VINTAGE LEVIS LEVI 501 SINGLE STITCH REDLINE INDIGO DENIM JEANS 33x29

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
5d 7h 59m


VINTAGE LEVI LEVIS SINGLE STITCH REDLINE INDIGO DENIM JEANS STORE DISPLAY 76x45

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 7h 56m


Levi's Made & Crafted Black Leather Moto Cafe Racer Jacket Med/2

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 8h 28m


Levi's 506 Type 1 selvedge denim buckleback jean jacket LVC vintage 506xx 36

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 9h 27m


Rare Women's Vintage Levi's Big E Longhorn Denim Jacket 1950s Size S Sanforized

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 2h 11m


TCB Type 2 II Japanese Selvedge Selvage DENIM JACKET Levi 1950's sz 40 WORN ONCE

High Bid: $91.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 2h 24m