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.


Rare SAMPLE Levi/Old Love/Chicago/ BMPNike Air Jordan Size 9, New, C2

High Bid: $540.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 10h 27m


Vintage 1970's LEVI 501 Single Stitch SS Redline Dark Denim Jeans 31x29 USA MINT

High Bid: $475.00
Bids: 40
Time Left:
5h 59m


LEVI x OBEY BLUE DENIM TRUCKER PATCH JACKET Lg Rare

High Bid: $410.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 3h 13m


Vintage LEVI'S BIG E Type 2 II 507XX Jacket, Selvage, 501XX Jeans Era; MEDIUM

High Bid: $405.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
2d 14h 41m


Vintage Big E 501 Button Fly Levi Jeans 32 30, 32/30 blue denim 1970's

High Bid: $368.00
Bids: 26
Time Left:
1d 13h 47m


Vtg 70s Levi 501 Single Stitch Redline Faded Denim Jean Measure 33x28 No Big E

High Bid: $281.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
2d 14h 24m


NEW AIR JORDAN X LEVIS LEVI’S 4 RETRO BLACK DENIM SZ 6.5

High Bid: $206.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 11h 20m


Vtg LEVI’S big E 501 ZXX Jerky Patch Original!

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 32
Time Left:
15h 16m


Vtg Levi's Big E Yellow Stitch Denim 42 Type 3 2 Pocket jacket 557

High Bid: $186.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
5d 8h 10m


MENS VINTAGE LEVI LVC STYLE TRUCKER / HIGHWAYMAN / FLYING LEATHER JACKET - UK S

High Bid: $185.34
Bids: 31
Time Left:
1d 7h 36m


Vintage Levi's 501 Red Tab Big E 1950's/1960's Jeans

High Bid: $157.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
1d 15h 27m


Levi's x Hello Kitty Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans Sanrio High Waist Denim 28 M

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 11h 9m


Vintage Levi 501-0000 STF NOS Jeans USA 35x31 1993

High Bid: $106.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
3d 7h 42m


Levi's Vintage Clothing Suede Shorthorn Trucker Jacket Made in Australia

High Bid: $103.31
Bids: 2
Time Left:
6d 22h 22m


Vintage 1960's LEVI 501 Big E Redline Denim Jeans 32x30 (28x27)

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
13h 23m


Levi's Premium 501 Original Moto Denim Jeans Sold Out! 32x26 32 25 NWT NEW RARE

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
14h 29m


Vintage Levis 501 Big E Redline Selvedge 90s SF Valencia Street 38 x 32

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 15h 2m


VINTAGE 50s LEVIS 501XX BIG E jeans SELVEDGE HIDDEN RIVET 36x36 leather tag

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 17h 23m


One Of A Kind Handmaid’s Tale Levl’s Ex-Boyfriend Jean Jacket Commemorative

High Bid: $99.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 6h 9m


APPLE WWDC 2018 WWDC 18 Levis Denim Black Jacket Extremely Rare Last One Only

High Bid: $99.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 11h 32m


Very rare Levis Japan LE shirt.Like RRL,Orslow,Kapital,Needles,Beam plus,Kolor.

High Bid: $97.87
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 10h 47m


Levis Lvc 1878 Pantaloon Waist 36 Leg 36 Rare Denim 👀 selvedge Double Knee

High Bid: $94.51
Bids: 12
Time Left:
6h 26m


NWT Levi's Handmaid's Tale Denim Jacket Size L

High Bid: $93.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
1d 49m


Limited Edition Handmaid’s Tale x Levi’s Jacket Medium

High Bid: $91.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
5h 14m


LVC 1953 Type II Jacket Spring 2018

High Bid: $85.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 14h 58m