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 big E 50's Levis levi 501 hidden rivets,selvedge, redline, 34X31 perfect

High Bid: $520.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 10h 10m


LEVI'S x FILSON TRUCKER JACKET OIL FINISH TIN CLOTH WAXED COTTON SIZE XL CLEAN!!

High Bid: $410.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 2h 38m


Rare Vintage VTG Original 1970/70s Levi's Saddleman Boot Jeans T-Shirt (Not LVC)

High Bid: $326.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
21h 23m


Vtg Levi's Big E Jeans Selvedge Late 1960s Actual 32x28

High Bid: $306.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
6h 25m


Levis X Filson Olive Green Oiled Tin Cloth Trucker Hunting Jacket Small S

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 2h 56m


Vtg A Type 501 Levis Blue Jeans Authentic Original Old Capital Big E 32x34 31x30

High Bid: $217.50
Bids: 18
Time Left:
4d 6h 22m


VINTAGE RARE! SINGLE STITCH REDLINES SELVAGE LEVIS 501 DARK DENIM JEANS. SIZE 32

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 5h 53m


Vintage LEVI's Big E Black Tab, Nubuck Tan Truckers Jacket, Huge Deal!!!

High Bid: $175.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
23h 37m


VTG 80’s Red Line LEVIS 501’s jeans denim blue Tag W34/L36 not Big E Selvedge

High Bid: $159.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
37m 4s


Junya Watanabe x Levi’s Lightweight Trucker, New NWT, Comme Des Garcons

High Bid: $153.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 3h 4m


Vintage Pre 1971 Levi 501 Red Big E Button Fly Selvedge? Single Stitch No Patch

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 26m


Boys Clothing Lot Sz 10 Levis Polo Gap Nike Aero School Jeans

High Bid: $119.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
22h 3m


Vintage Levis Levi Banner

High Bid: $90.87
Bids: 8
Time Left:
50m 15s


Vintage Levis Levi Banner

High Bid: $89.67
Bids: 4
Time Left:
51m 8s


Levi's Vintage 501xx dark indigo Selvedge Jeans LVC 34 x 32 BIg E

High Bid: $82.29
Bids: 3
Time Left:
21h 21m


Vintage 90's Levi's 501-0000 Denim Jeans Deadstock #555 Mens 34 30 Made in USA

High Bid: $82.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
1d 5h 51m


Levi's Made and Crafted Wabash Stripe Indigo Work Shirt, Chin Strap (XL or XXL)

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 6h 52m


Levi's Vintage Clothing/ LVC/ 1947 501XX/ Tag Size: 33 X 34

High Bid: $78.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 19h 14m


RE/DONE 27 High Waisted Rise Vintage Straight Levi's Denim Jeans Rinse redone

High Bid: $70.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 5h 32m


Lot of 4 pairs of 33x34 Levi's 508 Jeans Black Khaki Light Dark Denim Blue Levis

High Bid: $69.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 4h 15m


VINTAGE LEVIS 501 REDLINE SELVEDGE SINGLE STITCH 30 X 27 BIG E? JEAN (#4 BUTTON)

High Bid: $68.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 6h 52m


LEVI'S 517 SADDLEMAN BOOT JEANS 30 X 30 TRUE VINTAGE DEADSTOCK ORANGE TAB

High Bid: $63.99
Bids: 5
Time Left:
7d 22h 38m


LEVIS Distressed 501 Skinny Jean Womens 27 White Oak Cone Denim Blue 100% Cotton

High Bid: $63.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
6d 2h 56m


Baby Boys Clothes/Outfits/Shoes Lot of 32 Size 12/12-18 Months Fall/winter

High Bid: $60.99
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 2h 42m


Levis Sawtooth Western Denim Jean Shirt Pearl Snaps Rare Neck Tag Mens Medium

High Bid: $59.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 1h 59m