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.


Vintage 1940s-1950's Levi's Type II 2 Selvedge Denim Jacket Big E

High Bid: $999.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 19h 6m


VINTAGE 1960’S LEVI’S 501 BIG E V-STITCH DENIM JEANS - MEASURESapprx W30”L31”

High Bid: $958.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
1d 18h 48m


Vintage Levis 502-0117 35x31 Denim Jeans Redline Selvedge USA Scovill 35W 31L

High Bid: $577.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
23h 28m


Levi's x Nike Air Jordan Reversible Jean Denim Trucker Jacket Size L Jordan 4

High Bid: $365.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
6d 2h 47m


LEVIS 501 VINTAGE 70s DARK not Big E 6 SINGLE STITCH SALVAGE REDLINE JEANS 32x30

High Bid: $285.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
1d 20m


Original Vintage Levis 505 Big E No Redline Selvedge Talon 42 Indigo Denim Jean.

High Bid: $272.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
30m 12s


Air Jordan 4 Levi’s White Size 12

High Bid: $255.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 23h 39m


Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Dark Black Denim Levis collaboration Size 10 NEW W/Box

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 13h 49m


Air Jordan Retro 4 "Levis" Size 11

High Bid: $233.50
Bids: 18
Time Left:
4d 15h 36m


Vtg Rare Levis Big E Single Stitch 505 Redline 501s Jeans USA Zipper tag 36x34

High Bid: $232.50
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 23h 33m


Authentic Nike-Air-Jordan-4-Retro-x-Levis-White-Denim-AO2571-100

High Bid: $227.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 5h 25m


True Vintage Levis Big E Selvidge Button Up Denim 32 X 26”

High Bid: $215.50
Bids: 25
Time Left:
3d 2h 8m


Jordan 4 Retro Levi Blue (UA) Size 10 Brand New

High Bid: $175.50
Bids: 38
Time Left:
5d 7h 11m


Vtg 80's.Levi's 501 Denim Jeans.No Red Line Made in USA.34 X 31.NOS New with Tag

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 17
Time Left:
4m 16s


Levis LVC 501z 1954 34x32 factory distressed Made In USA Selvedge

High Bid: $125.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 1h 29m


NWT Mens Levi’s Vintage Clothing 501 1947 Selvedge Cone Denim 32 x 32 Jeans LVC

High Bid: $112.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
22h 22m


Vintage Levi’s 501 Big E Deadstock Made In USA Selvage Waist 30 Inseam 32

High Bid: $112.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
1d 1h 14m


Vintage Levi’s 501 Big E Late 1960s Normal Wear Waist 30 Inseam 29

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 1h 56m


NWT DEADSTOCK Vintage 1978 Levis Orange Tab Made in USA 505 Stiff Denim Jeans 44

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 49
Time Left:
22h 16m


True VTG LEVI'S Big E 606 ? Levis Orange Tab Jeans Size 31/29 1/2” Distressed

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
8d 21h 20m


levis 501 29x36

High Bid: $99.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 15h 23m


REDONE RE/DONE High Rise Blue Levis 501 Button Fly Jeans Denim Vintage Sz 27

High Bid: $98.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
23h 59m


Clutch Monkey XL Denim Vest - Reversible Pendleton Liner Levis Biker Cut Leather

High Bid: $94.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
1d 52m


Levi's Vintage 60's 501 Big E Jeans Selvage Single Stitch w37@l27

High Bid: $89.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 22h 33m


Levi's 501 Rigid RAW White Oak Cone Denim Selvedge Jeans 00501 1931 34 x 30 nwt

High Bid: $89.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 46m