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.


True Vintage 1930s/40s Levi's 506XX Type 1 Denim Jacket | Levis Big E Blue Jeans

High Bid: $1,225.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 22h 52m


Vintage Levi’s 501 Redline 34X31 #6 Single Stitch 1970s Selvage Denim Jeans NICE

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1h 11m


Vintage Levi's 1970 501 SELVEDGE REDLINE DARK BLUE 34 X 32 JEANS. Pocket CareTag

High Bid: $346.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
4d 9h 16m


LEVI'S x FILSON Trucker Jacket OIL FINISH TIN CLOTH WAXED COTTON Medium

High Bid: $340.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 9h 3m


SUPREME Studded Denim Trucker Jacket Blue laurent Box Logo cdg slp levi Sz L

High Bid: $315.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 4h 33m


The Weeknd Starboy Denim Jacket - SOLD OUT RARE - CHEAPEST ONE

High Bid: $306.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 6h 44m


Vintage Levi's 1971-1978 501 SELVEDGE REDLINE DARK BLUE 34 X 33 JEANS.

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
4d 8h 40m


SUPREME X LEVI'S WHITE CAMO HOODED DENIM TRUCKER JEAN JACKET L BOX LOGO BNWOT

High Bid: $230.00
Bids: 40
Time Left:
4d 18h 13m


Vintage original 1960s LEVI'S 501 selvedge denim 6 button jeans 31x34 29x31

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 4h 59m


Vintage Denim Levis 501 Jeans 1980's Deadstock Made in USA single stitch inseam

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 4h 45m


Men's Levi's Vintage 505 jeans 38 30. 1966. Red thread. New with tags.

High Bid: $199.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 7h 1m


VTG Levi's 501 Denim Red Line Jeans 33x34 30.5 Inseam

High Bid: $157.50
Bids: 7
Time Left:
4d 22h 41m


vintage levis jeans 501 made in usa Shrink to fit New with tags 32x36

High Bid: $154.50
Bids: 7
Time Left:
1d 6h 16m


RARE LVC Levi's Vintage Collection 1874 Closed Front Jumper

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 18h 5m


VINTAGE 501 JEANS BIG E SELVEDGE #4 USA SINGLE V STITCH W36 IN30 (676)

High Bid: $152.49
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 5h 18m


Vintage Denim Levis 501 Jeans 1980's Deadstock Made in USA single stitch inseam

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 4h 45m


VINTAGE 501 JEANS BIG E SELVEDGE #6 TYPE s USA SINGLE V STITCH W26 IN27.5 (672)

High Bid: $149.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 5h 17m


VINTAGE 501 JEANS BIG E SELVEDGE #8 USA SINGLE STITCH W32 IN28 (674)

High Bid: $149.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 5h 17m


Men's LVC Levi's Vintage Clothing Cone Mills Selvage 1947 501 XX Jeans 36x34 New

High Bid: $140.50
Bids: 12
Time Left:
1d 22h 44m


Vintage Levis Big E 1936 Type I Silver Pin Teeth 1 Pocket Jean Jacket WOW $1 NR

High Bid: $135.50
Bids: 16
Time Left:
5d 7h 45m


NEW!! Levis Vintage Big E Jeans 38x36 Redline Selvedge levi 501 XX

High Bid: $130.50
Bids: 14
Time Left:
21h 53m


Levis Vintage LVC 501z xx W34 L32 Made in the USA Cone Denim Large "E" 1954 cut

High Bid: $130.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 6h 4m


LEVI'S LVC 507XX TYPE 2 VALENCIA 555 JEAN JACKET REDLINE SELVEDGE BIG E DENIM 40

High Bid: $120.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 4h 46m


LEVIS 30x32 JEANS HUGE LOT !!!! 20 PAIR

High Bid: $115.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
28m 41s


RE/DONE Hight Waist LEVIS JEANS

High Bid: $114.57
Bids: 11
Time Left:
1h 28m