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.


1937 to 1941 Real Levi's Cinch Back Jeans Big E RARE! No Reserve

High Bid: $999.37
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 10h 14m


Vintage • Big E Levi’s Jeans  • Selvedge  No Wash Tags No Inside Tags 40 X 29

High Bid: $355.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
5d 1h 14m


Authentic Nike x Levi’s Jordan 4 Retro Size 10. Denim Pack RNG Brand New.

High Bid: $269.99
Bids: 2
Time Left:
6d 27m


Nike Air Jordan 4 Levis Ngr Retro Size 9 White A02571100 Yeezy

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 1h 14m


Levi’s X Filson Canvs Jacket

High Bid: $201.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 23h 48m


Levis LVC Type III Trucker Jacket Indigo Blue Size L

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 2h 2m


Levi Strauss Over The Shoulder Bag/Tote 501 With Snap Closure And Outside Pocket

High Bid: $122.50
Bids: 43
Time Left:
3h 22m


LEVI x PENDLETON DENIM TRUCKER JACKET - L INDIAN BLANKET as worn by James Franco

High Bid: $113.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
6d 38m


Vintage 50s 60s 501 Levi’s Hidden Rivets Selvedge Big E Rancher Worn Jeans

High Bid: $111.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 6h 32m


VINTAGE DISTRESSED LEVI'S STAUSS 70'S ORANGE TAB DENIM LEATHER STRAP BACK HAT

High Bid: $107.50
Bids: 9
Time Left:
4d 6h 53m


Vtg 1960s Levis 501 Jeans 30x31 Single Stitch Redline Selvedge Levi's Big E 501S

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
6d 1h 44m


Air Jordan 4 Retro X Levi's Black Denim Size 11

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 5h 35m


Vintage Levi’s Denim Jeans 501 34x34 Button Fly 501 Made in USA 1987 Deadstock

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 18h 59m


1970’s LEVI’S 684 0217 Orange Tab Bell Bottom Jeans Men’s 36 x 30 Indigo Talon

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 3h 22m


Vintage Levis Big E Mens Gentlemans Jeans Orange Tab Flare Opening Fit 35X29

High Bid: $99.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 57m


Vintage 70s Levis Saddleman Rare Cowboy Denim Jeans 501xx Promo tee t shirt 40 M

High Bid: $94.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
5d 7h 32m


LEVI'S 1960s VINTAGE OVERALLS~ CHOCOLATE BROWN CORDUROY ~RARE BIG E BUTTONS~M/L

High Bid: $85.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 12h


Levis 511 Selvedge Denim 36x34

High Bid: $81.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
1d 5h 4m


LVC LEVIS VINTAGE CLOTHING 1947 501 XX 36 x 34 CONE MILLS SELVEDGE DENIM JEANS

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
23h 52m


Lot Of 7 Mens 32/30 Jeans Lucky Levis Hollister American Eagle Slim Straight

High Bid: $71.00
Bids: 25
Time Left:
5d 6h 46m


Levis Sherpa Lined Hooded Military Trucker Jacket Size L

High Bid: $67.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 8h 49m


Levis Vintage LVC 1966 Sevledge 501 Jeans

High Bid: $67.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 7h 37m


Vintage Levis Small e Orange Tab Bell Bottoms Denim Jean.

High Bid: $66.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
1d 23h 15m


Vintage Levi’s White Tab Navy Corduroy Trucker Jacket, Men’s Size 42”

High Bid: $63.81
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 19h 22m


Vtg USA Made LEVI'S 701 Like 501 High Rise Student Fit Light Wash Jeans 27Wx30L

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 5h 55m