FOUND > Abandoned Evel Knievel 'Leathers' May Get $100,000

Left-Behind at Seamstress’ Shop

The vintage leathers may have been used at 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump.

May 2, 2018
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best News

PORTLAND, OREGON - Antiques Roadshow reports that vintage Evel Knievel leathers, left behind in a seamstress’ shop, may be worth more than $100,000.

THE DISCOVERY

A guest on the Antiques Roadshow brought in vintage leathers owned by Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007), which may be worth $100,000. According to her story, her mother made the leathers for Knievel, and he brought them back to her for repairs after his Caesar’s Palace jump.

Timothy Gordon, the owner of Timothy Gordon Appraisals, spoke with this Antiques Roadshow guest about her find. He compared the leathers brought in with the leathers in a photo of Knievel just before his famous 1967 Caesars Palace jump.

The story of Evel Knievel's Caesar's Palace Jump at as told by Discovery.

He noted that in the photo, Knievel wore nice new leathers. That particular jump resulted in a crash, and the leathers brought in do show signs of an accident. At the time of the show, Mr. Gordon couldn’t confirm if it was the famous Caesar’s Palace jump (and crash) of 1967.

The Antiques Roadshow guest mentioned that in years past, they received an offer of $10,000 for the leathers, but they erred on the side of caution and refused. She seemed very shocked to hear that Mr. Gordon estimated the leathers would garner $40,000-60,000 at auction.

He ventured so far to say that if they “could confirm that this was used in that Caesar's Palace jump with the video where he tumbles down, the value would increase quite a lot. I think that the value on these would be over $100,000 at auction.”



Coincidentally, Timothy Gordon knew Evel Knievel growing up. Mr. Gordon recalls Knievel telling him that he was going to do something great, although he didn’t know what. At the appraisal, Gordon said, “He bought a pickup truck in Butte, Montana, painted his name on the side, drove to California, but he didn't know what he was going to do.”

Evel Knievel was born in October 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attained celebrity status as a motorcycle stunt driver, attempting more than 75 amazing, and sometimes inconceivable, jumps and stunts throughout his career. Despite his daredevil line of work, Knievel died at the age of 69 from pulmonary disease in 2007.

Besides the money he earned from doing stunt tours and television appearances, Evel Knievel partnered with Ideal Toys to create Evel Knievel toys. They made more than $125 million in toy sales.

Examples of Ideal Evel Knievel Toys, produced and shared by Jenny Caldwell.

Unfortunately, Ideal Toys decided to discontinue the toy line following Knievel’s assault conviction in 1977. Knievel served six months in jail for attacking his former press agent.

WHY IT'S RARE

Evel Knievel captured the nation’s imagination with stunts that no one else could or would do. During and after his career, he had an ardent following of fans. To this day, someone who engages in a daring act might be called an “Evel Knievel”.

As a national icon, Evel Knievel holds a special place in American history. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Finding something that he actually wore is extremely rare.

COMPARABLE SALES

Researching prices, we found several recent sales for Evel Knievel attire, that appear to support the valuation given to the abandoned leathers (prices include Buyer's Premium).

To check for more recent sales, you can research prices free, here.

SALES INFORMATION

We don’t have any information regarding the sale of the Knievel leathers featured in this story, at this time. Stay tuned!

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ACTIVE AUCTION PRICES

Another way to monitor the real-time price strength of more common Evel Knievel collectibles, is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Toy and Showbiz categories on eBay.


SEARCH > All Evel Knievel Collectibles (Reset)

T.H.E. CAT Official Weapons Set COMPLETE RARE AUCTION NO RESERVE

Time Left: 4d 9h 44m
$760.00 with 22 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE 1ST 1B EDITION "NO RESERVE"

Time Left: 16h 22m
$250.00 with 18 bids


Antique Late 1800s Palmer Cox Jointed Brownie Composition Doll Complete RARE

Time Left: 6d 6h 18m
$200.00 with 1 bids


RARE Vintage 1950s Jerry Mahoney Paul Winchell Ventriloquist Dummy WITH lessons

Time Left: 1d 17h 6m
$195.00 with 1 bids


Gilbert 007 James Bond Spy Tricks original box and insert HTF Accessories ideal

Time Left: 5d 18h 59m
$149.00 with 1 bids


1966 GREEN HORNET DONRUSS MNT SEALED WAX PACK PSA GRADED NEAR MINT MT 8

Time Left: 1d 20h 23m
$129.50 with 16 bids


1960s Purex Bubble Club Dum-Dum Soaky Hanna-Barbera Scarce

Time Left: 2d 15h 8m
$103.50 with 3 bids


1930s AUTHENTIC EFFANBEE CHARLIE McCARTHY VENTRILOQUIST 19" DOLL WITH 5 OUTFITS

Time Left: 14h 44m
$90.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle,Figure,&Gyro by Ideal Toy Corp

Time Left: 3d 21h 54m
$70.00 with 2 bids


1965 Colgate Palmolive Paul McCartney Bubble Bath Bottle Beatles

Time Left: 4d 16h 1m
$69.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Hasbro Kooky Spooky glow in dark ghost DADDY BOOREGARD with display card

Time Left: 1d 11h 35m
$66.00 with 3 bids


1970's Hanna-Barbera Yogi Bear DAKIN Complete with Hang Tag

Time Left: 2d 15h 6m
$62.88 with 3 bids


1964 Deluxe Reading Defender Dan WW2 Toy Machine Gun With Ammo Belt Works Great!

Time Left: 5d 9h 4m
$53.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal EVEL KNIEVEL Stunt Cycle Toy Motorcycle Bike

Time Left: 18h 9m
$49.99 with 1 bids


1961 TALKING BUGS BUNNY by MATTEL - WORKS - w/ ORIGINAL BOX

Time Left: 4d 18h 41m
$49.99 with 1 bids


1950s BAT MASTERSON TV SHOW SECRET COMPARTMENT CANE SUPER NICE

Time Left: 2d 20h 34m
$47.00 with 11 bids


1972 EVEL KNIEVEL Stunt Cycle & Figure Helmet Vintage Motorcycle IDEAL Hollis NY

Time Left: 1d 17h 22m
$46.00 with 14 bids


Lot of 12 Marx UNCLE Thrush Agent Figurines in Blue & Brown

Time Left: 1d 13h 7m
$37.00 with 4 bids


Vintage 1973 EG Goldberger Doll Co Lester Ventriloquist Doll RARE

Time Left: 1d 14h 6m
$35.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Formula 1 Stunt Cycle Dragster & Box, Original Evil Figure 70s Toys

Time Left: 18h 47m
$34.00 with 11 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Set & Vintage 70s Toys Evil Ramp, Box & Action Doll NR

Time Left: 20h 21m
$31.00 with 10 bids


Evel Knievel Cycle Straw~Unpunched MOC Ultra Rare Vintage!!!

Time Left: 4d 18h 17m
$31.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Bike Flag MIP 1970's

Time Left: 2d 17h 21m
$30.99 with 2 bids


1930s WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE POCKET KNIFE EXCELLENT CONDITION

Time Left: 20h 18m
$27.32 with 15 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle & Evil Action Figure Doll Gyro Powered 70s Toys Set NRs

Time Left: 4d 1h 40m
$26.50 with 9 bids


VINTAGE JERRY MAHONEY VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY DOLL Juro ORIGINAL CLOTHES WORKS!

Time Left: 5d 17h 41m
$25.49 with 4 bids


Uneeda Otis O'Brien Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 48m
$25.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1975 Rare Mego Star Trek Tricorder Cassette Player Recorder - 1st issue

Time Left: 3d 16h 9m
$25.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1967 24" Juro Novelty Co. Little Ricky Ventriloquist Doll Needs TLC

Time Left: 1d 8h 58m
$24.99 with 1 bids


1970’s VINTAGE IDEAL EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE action figure Motorcycle Bike Toy

Time Left: 2d 17h 8m
$21.50 with 13 bids


1940s GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR COMPOSITION LARGE 19 INCH FIGURE

Time Left: 20h 18m
$20.50 with 5 bids


Jerry Mahoney vintage hand puppets (two)!

Time Left: 4d 22h 52m
$20.50 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Motorcycle ~ Vintage Ideal ~ 1976 Super Jet Cycle and Evel figurine

Time Left: 21h 45m
$20.00 with 1 bids


Mortimer Snerd Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 17m
$20.00 with 1 bids


Bozo Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 20m
$20.00 with 1 bids


Eegee W.C. Fields Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 43m
$20.00 with 1 bids


POGO BEAUREGARD HOUND DOG CHURCY LA FEMME VINYL FIGURE VTG WALT KELLY TOY VTG !!

Time Left: 1d 18h 39m
$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Dragster Rare Die-cast Precision Miniature 1976

Time Left: 2d 16h 33m
$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1966 Gumby’s Plastic Jeep Lakeside Toy, AS IS

Time Left: 5d 10h 29m
$19.99 with 1 bids


evel Knievel Lot: Action figure and Ceasar's signed photo copy and.. Funny Car

Time Left: 6d 12h 15m
$19.95 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Lot: Action figure and Ceasar's signed photo copy and.. Chopper!!

Time Left: 6d 12h 27m
$19.95 with 1 bids


charlie mccarthy ventriloquist doll

Time Left: 2d 8h 15m
$18.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Super Powers DC Figures

Time Left: 5d 4h
$18.88 with 1 bids


Jolly Jim? Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 27m
$18.00 with 1 bids


Eegee Bozo Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 55m
$18.00 with 1 bids


1940s RALSTON TOM MIX STRAIGHT SHOOTERS SIX SHOOTER DIAL BADGE

Time Left: 20h 18m
$16.16 with 3 bids


Vintage Novelty Batman Superhero Pencil Sharpener Hong Kong Era n Pkg Dime Store

Time Left: 3d 17h 33m
$15.95 with 1 bids


Vintage Novelty Robin Superhero Pencil Sharpener Hong Kong Era Batman Dime Store

Time Left: 3d 17h 36m
$15.95 with 1 bids


Horsman Simon Sez Ventriloquist Dummy With Case

Time Left: 4d 16h 37m
$15.50 with 2 bids


Emmett Kelly Jr. Ventriloquist Dummy

Time Left: 2d 12h 39m
$15.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Little Ricky Ventriloquist Doll 1967 by JURO NOVELTY For Parts

Time Left: 5d 10h 49m
$14.99 with 1 bids


Evel knievel 1970s action figures white jumpsuit with stand and helmet

Time Left: 7h 57m
$14.60 with 1 bids


1987 Vintage Boglins Seven Towns Clark Trotto Sponk Hand Puppet Rubber

Time Left: 3d 14h 47m
$14.50 with 6 bids


1940s WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE DONALD DUCK 2ND NATIONAL BANK FANTASTIC SHAPE

Time Left: 20h 18m
$12.50 with 5 bids


1950s LASSIE TV SHOW STUFFED DOG

Time Left: 3d 20h 40m
$12.50 with 3 bids


1950s PINKY LEE NBC TV LARGE 2 FOOT LONG 24 INCH FIGURE

Time Left: 20h 20m
$12.19 with 2 bids


Alter AUTOMAT (JAPAN) - Fishing Polar Bear - mit OVP

Time Left: 6d 11h 41m
$11.64 with 1 bids


1960's Larry Harmon's Official Bozo Emblem Patch and Membership Card

Time Left: 4d 8h 42m
$11.61 with 2 bids


Vintage 1973 Ideal EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE Motorcycle -BOX ONLY

Time Left: 4d 12h 19m
$10.57 with 2 bids


Vintage Unopened BOZO THE CLOWN GYRO SCOPE

Time Left: 4d 2h 57m
$10.50 with 2 bids


CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. WRIST WATCH FAWCETT PUBLISHING (MARVEL IMPORT) 1948

Time Left: 6d 18h 37m
$10.49 with 2 bids


Vintage Knickerbocker "Annie" 6" "Molly" character doll 1982 NRFB

Time Left: 1d 21h 39m
$10.00 with 1 bids


rocco the champ nutty mads

Time Left: 5d 3h 1m
$10.00 with 1 bids


MARX THE MAN FROM UNCLE 1966 PLASTIC 6" FIGURE LOT OF 10 FIGURES U.N.C.L.E.

Time Left: 1d 18h 54m
$9.99 with 1 bids


louis marx co. lot, nutty mads donald the demon, cowboys, astronauts 6 figures

Time Left: 2d 11h 57m
$9.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE 1960'S JAMES BOND 007 MOVIE FIGURES BY GILBERT TOYS USA

Time Left: 2d 15h 9m
$9.99 with 1 bids


ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS FIGURE 1964 ROSS BAGDASARIAN VINYL SQUEAKER VINTAGE

Time Left: 2d 16h 36m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1977 30" Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Doll Puppet

Time Left: 3d 8h 59m
$9.99 with 1 bids


1940s CHEIN SET OF TWO BANKS CASH REGISTER BANK AND DRUM BANK

Time Left: 3d 20h 40m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Playthings Magazine April 1985 Omnibot, Shmoos, Glo-Friends, Hulk Hogan

Time Left: 6d 17h 11m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Playthings Magazine Jan 1983 ads for Star Wars, Mattel Intellivision, MOTU kites

Time Left: 6d 17h 14m
$9.99 with 1 bids


EVIL KNIEVEL WRIST WATCH BRADLEY 1975

Time Left: 6d 18h 22m
$9.99 with 1 bids


TONY THE TIGER WRIST WATCH KELLOGG COMPANY 1976

Time Left: 6d 18h 31m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1963 Louis Marx & Co “All Heart” “Nutty Mads” Hogan Figure

Time Left: 4d 10h 56m
$7.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Evil Evel Knievel Action Man Figure  Ideal Toys Jumpsuit

Time Left: 5d 7h 57m
$7.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Evil Evel Knievel Action Figure with Helmet Ideal Toys

Time Left: 6d 4h 13m
$6.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Antique 1923 Barney Google SPARK PLUG Glass Candy Container Comics

Time Left: 2d 14h 47m
$5.00 with 1 bids


Enchanted Kingdom Horse and Pony Pink 1980's

Time Left: 8d 11h 45m
$4.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Lot 1960's plastic figures spacemen astronaut #1399

Time Left: 1d 11h 27m
$4.00 with 1 bids


1960s Vintage GI JOE Clothing Outfits By Hasbro Hong Kong

Time Left: 4d 10h 26m
$0.99 with 1 bids


Jody's 1981 Firebird Stunt Coin Racer & Puffy Stickers Fall Guy TV Lee Majors

Time Left: 5d 17h 34m
$0.99 with 1 bids


Superman Stamp Collectibles 1998 USPS Magnet Pin Keychain Gift Tag / Magnet NIP

Time Left: 8d 16h 38m
$0.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Dick Tracy tv watch and 4 flicker watches NIB

Time Left: 1d 13h 48m
$0.01 with 1 bids