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.


Levis Big E 517xx Type 2 Denim Jacket Selvedge Wool Blanket lined Indigo Sz 48

High Bid: $1,995.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 5h 6m


Vintage Levi's 501 Redline Selvedge Jeans Tag Size 32 X 38

High Bid: $375.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 25m


Vintage Levis 505 0217 Redline Denim Pants NOS 30x32 No Big E Rare XX USA Single

High Bid: $304.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
3d 20h 47m


Vtg NOS 50s Levi Shorthorn Sanforized Western Shirt 15.5 Deadstock Shadow Plaid

High Bid: $299.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 3h 5m


1950's Levi 501XX Denim Jeans Big E Hidden Rivets Leather Patch Actual 28x30

High Bid: $260.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 23h 47m


Vtg Levis 501 Redline Denim Pants 80s NOS USA 30x36 XX No Big E Rare

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 5h 56m


Vtg Levis 501 0217 Denim Pants Single Stitch USA 29x33 No Big E No Redline 70s

High Bid: $214.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
6d 18h 9m


Vtg Levis 505 0217 Redline Denim Pants NOS XX USA Single Stitch No Big E 30x32

High Bid: $205.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 20h 51m


Vtg Levis 505 0217 Denim Pants No Redline No Big E 30x34 USA XX Single Stitch

High Bid: $205.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 1h 7m


Vintage DEADSTOCK Levi's 501 Jeans Shrink to Fit 1984 made in USA Size 35 X 34

High Bid: $204.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
6d 5h 44m


Vintage Levis 501 Redline Denim Pants USA XX NOS 31x36 No Big E Rare

High Bid: $199.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 19h 58m


Vtg Levis 501 Redline Denim Pants 31x36 XX USA NOS No Big E

High Bid: $199.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 21h 35m


BNWT LEVIS 1937 501 XX W 34 L 34

High Bid: $195.53
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 22h 46m


LOT OF 12 VINTAGE LEVIS DENIM JACKETS JEAN JACKETS USA MADE 80s 90s MENS USA

High Bid: $184.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
2d 16h 9m


Filson x Levi's Trucker Jacket Tin Cloth Size M

High Bid: $179.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
20h 36m


Big E 60s 501 S Red Line Selvedge Levis Button V Single Stitch Shrink Fit Jeans

High Bid: $173.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
6d 3h 25m


Vtg Mens LEVI LEATHER Western Trucker Sherpa Levis 501 Jeans Biker Jacket Coat

High Bid: $164.58
Bids: 21
Time Left:
2d 21h 58m


VNDS Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Levis NRG Black SB Max 1 Denim Reese 1

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 17
Time Left:
2d 20h 44m


Levis X Filson Waxed Tin Cloth Trucker Jacket Size XS

High Bid: $151.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 2h 14m


Vtg Levis 505 0217 Denim Pants No Redline No Big E USA XX NOS 30x32 Talon

High Bid: $149.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 21h 15m


Vtg Levis 517 0217 Denim Pants USA XX 30x34 No Redline No Big E 70s 80s NOS

High Bid: $149.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6d 17h 45m


Vtg Levis Denim Pants 505 0217 USA XX NOS 30x34 No Redline No Big E

High Bid: $149.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6d 17h 51m


Levis Jeans Mens #501 LVC 1976 Selvedge 34 X 32 $395 New Levis Vintage Clothing

High Bid: $149.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 2h


Vintage Levi's 501 Jeans DEADSTOCK Dated 1993 Made USA 555 Valencia Size 34 X 34

High Bid: $145.50
Bids: 14
Time Left:
6d 5h 34m


Levi's 501 Jeans, big E, Vintage, Selvedge 70s Era Size 32x31, Made in USA, #6

High Bid: $136.50
Bids: 16
Time Left:
6d 1h 40m