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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Before contacting appraisers, research sold prices on your own first. This can give you a general understanding of current market values, and may help you find the best selling venue, if you decide to sell.

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.


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Vintage Schwinn 1964 Coppertone Sting Ray Original Beautiful condition

Time Left: 3d 1h 39m
$703.00 with 37 bids


1972 ARDEE UNDERDOG LUNCHBOX w THERMOS MINT CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 29m
$409.10 with 10 bids


1965 THE MUNSTERS HERMAN MUNSTER HAND PUPPET MINT CONDITION WITH BAG HEADER

Time Left: 3h 25m
$202.50 with 57 bids


1977 BIONIC WOMAN LUNCHBOX & THERMOS MINT w TAGS CAR VERS #1 JOE SOUCY

Time Left: 3d 3h 29m
$152.50 with 15 bids


1966 THE MAN FROM UNCLE U.N.C.L.E. LUNCHBOX & THERMOS C9 "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 1d 3h 21m
$148.50 with 18 bids


Bravestarr's Horse With All Accessories And Instructions 1986 Mattel Filmation

Time Left: 3d 15h 18m
$140.00 with 1 bids


Multiple Toymakers 1966 James Bond 007 B.A.R.K. Attaché case

Time Left: 52m 10s
$132.50 with 4 bids


Antique Schoenhut FOXY GRANDPA Large Roly Poly

Time Left: 2d 18m
$125.00 with 1 bids


1970 HEE HAW LUNCHBOX & THERMOS SET STUNNING MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 2d 3h 24m
$123.50 with 22 bids


1979 STAR TREK LUNCHBOX & THERMOS MINT OLD STORE STOCK "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 2d 3h 26m
$110.50 with 16 bids


1973 THE WALTONS GLOSSY NON EMBOSSED LUNCHBOX w THERMOS NR MINT "JOE SOUCY"

Time Left: 3d 3h 27m
$107.50 with 17 bids


1972 BOBBY SHERMAN LUNCHBOX w THERMOS FANTASTIC MINT !! JOE SOUCY COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 27m
$105.83 with 13 bids


1967 THE RAT PATROL LUNCHBOX NEAR MINT FANTASTIC "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 24m
$103.50 with 13 bids


1977 BIONIC WOMAN LUNCHBOX & THERMOS MINT w TAGS DOG VERS #2 JOE SOUCY

Time Left: 3d 3h 29m
$102.50 with 7 bids


1966 ATOM ANT SECRET SQUIRREL LUNCHBOX MINT UNUSED "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 26m
$102.50 with 18 bids


DICK TRACY 2 WAY WRIST RADIO TELEPHONE DA-MYCO BOX 1947 RED RARE ANTIQUE VINTAGE

Time Left: 1d 3h 36m
$100.99 with 2 bids


1965 FESS PARKER DANIEL BOONE LUNCHBOX BEAUTIFUL CONDITION JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 23m
$97.00 with 10 bids


1959 LOONEY TUNES LUNCHBOX & THERMOS SET UNUSED JOE SOUCY COLLECTION

Time Left: 2d 3h 22m
$90.00 with 17 bids


Evel Knievel 1970s Stunt Cycle & Red Launcher Action Figure Evil Bike Toys 1 Set

Time Left: 2d 23h 51m
$85.00 with 16 bids


1969 TOPPS OPEECHEE BATMAN SUPERMAN COMIC COVER STICKERS STORE DISPLAY BOX

Time Left: 3h 26m
$82.56 with 10 bids


1967 DONRUSS THE MONKEES TV SHOW BUBBLE GUM WAX PACK STORE DISPLAY BOX

Time Left: 3h 25m
$79.00 with 19 bids


1962 HANNA-BARBERA LIPPY LION VINYL HEAD PLUSH IDEAL DOLL 7 INCH HONG KONG

Time Left: 21h 2m
$79.00 with 1 bids


1974 ADDAMS FAMILY LUNCHBOX & THERMOS MINT CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 28m
$76.00 with 17 bids


ILLYA KURYAKIN 1966 Vinyl Billfold Wallet- Man From UNCLE Secret Agent IDEAL TOY

Time Left: 3d 1h 30m
$75.00 with 1 bids


1959 Quick Draw McGraw Blabber Mouse Knickerbocker Doll Hang Tag Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 23h 50m
$69.99 with 1 bids


1964 THE BEATLES REMCO SOFT BODY GEORGE HARRISON DOLL FANTASTIC SHAPE

Time Left: 1d 3h 21m
$69.00 with 17 bids


VINTAGE MARX BATMAN BATPHONE 1966 IN NICE CONDITION LOOK

Time Left: 3d 21h 48m
$67.00 with 13 bids


1964 CAPTAIN KANGAROO LUNCHBOX w THERMOS MINT w BAGGIE SET JOE SOUCY COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 25m
$67.00 with 17 bids


1978 POLICE PATROL LUNCHBOX w THERMOS MINT WITH TAGS "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 29m
$66.00 with 10 bids


Derry Daring Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Evil Ideal 1970s Toys Complete Rare Set GC

Time Left: 1d 22h 44m
$61.00 with 12 bids


1973 THE WALTONS EMBOSSED LUNCHBOX w THERMOS MINT UNUSED JOE SOUCY COLLECTION #1

Time Left: 3d 3h 27m
$56.55 with 9 bids


1950s SPACE BOY ON ROCKET LUNCHBOX MINT CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 19m
$56.00 with 15 bids


1964 THE BEATLES NEMS GUITAR SET MINT ON THE ORIGINAL CARD

Time Left: 3h 24m
$55.00 with 26 bids


1967 THE RAT PATROL METAL THERMOS FANTASTIC MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 24m
$54.00 with 13 bids


Duke's of Hazzard General Lee ERTL Hot Wheels Redline Matchbox TV Diecast Cars

Time Left: 2h 49m
$51.99 with 3 bids


1964 THE BEATLES NEMS RINGO AND GEORGE GUITAR SET MINT ON THE ORIGINAL CARD

Time Left: 3h 24m
$51.00 with 31 bids


1955 DANIEL BOONE METAL LUNCHBOX EXCELLENT CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 20m
$51.00 with 8 bids


1964 WAGON TRAIN LUNCHBOX NR MINT FANTASTIC UNUSED "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 22m
$51.00 with 10 bids


2 Evel Knievel Stunt Cycles

Time Left: 6d 2h 44m
$50.00 with 2 bids


Antique 19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Devil, Collection Tonight

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


19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Police Officer, Collection Tonight

Time Left: 1d 1h 12m
$49.99 with 1 bids


19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Jester / Clown, Collection Tonight

Time Left: 1d 1h 17m
$49.99 with 1 bids


Antique 19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Old Woman Collection Tonight

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


Antique 19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Judge, Collection Tonight

Time Left: 1d 1h 27m
$49.99 with 1 bids


Antique 19th Century Punch And Judy Wooden Puppet, Grandma, Collection Tonight

Time Left: 1d 1h 28m
$49.99 with 1 bids


60s Fred Flintstone Large Vinyl Figure Sweden Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 2d 23h 50m
$49.99 with 1 bids


Evel knievel Stunt Cycle Playing Mantis 1998 Complete Rare Blue Base

Time Left: 2d 48m
$48.00 with 8 bids


1960s CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST VINYL LUNCHBOX MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 24m
$45.00 with 11 bids


Lot 4 Vintage Metal Tin TV Trays Dukes Of Hazzard Real Ghostbusters Alf Trolls

Time Left: 22h 30m
$44.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Motorcycle Bike Motorbike Toy

Time Left: 5d 23h 31m
$44.51 with 13 bids


1971 Flintstones Fun Bath Soaky Bubbles Sealed Box Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 23h 48m
$43.00 with 3 bids


1963 BONANZA TV SHOW GREEN RIM LUNCHBOX EXCELLENT+"JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 21m
$41.00 with 8 bids


1978 EMMETT KELLY JR VENTRILOQUIST HOBO CLOWN PUPPET DOLL DUMMY 24" Horsman

Time Left: 21h 8m
$39.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Vintage Ideal Action Figure & 1972 XR750 Stunt Cycle Evil 70s Toys

Time Left: 2d 22h 20m
$39.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE 1973 EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE LAUNCHER ACTION FIGURE SET

Time Left: 3d 23h 11m
$39.99 with 11 bids


[ 1972 COCOA PUFFS Pole Climbers- Sonny and Gramps in original packaging

Time Left: 1d 23h 1m
$38.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal Evel Knievel doll & helmet Belt and Stunt Cycle Motorcycle

Time Left: 5d 22h 13m
$36.51 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel Racing set. 1975 ideal toy moc

Time Left: 2d 21h 17m
$35.00 with 10 bids


1954 Calling SUPERMAN Board Game Transogram #3841 Excellent Condition

Time Left: 48m 13s
$34.00 with 7 bids


1964 REMCO THE BEATLES SOLID BODY RINGO STAR FIGURE

Time Left: 3h 24m
$33.00 with 16 bids


Vintage Jerry Mahoney Ventriloquist dummy from 1950's

Time Left: 1d 16h 48m
$32.00 with 4 bids


1963 SHARI LEWIS LUNCHBOX FANTASTIC MINT CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 25m
$32.00 with 7 bids


1970 DR SEUSS LUNCHBOX WHITE HANDLE VARIATION #1 MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 28m
$32.00 with 10 bids


1965 FESS PARKER DANIEL BOONE METAL THERMOS MINT CONDITION JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 23m
$29.00 with 8 bids


1975 EVEL KNIEVEL IDEAL STUNT CYCLE FIGURE ALL ORIGINAL  WALKING STICK / HELMET

Time Left: 23h 48m
$27.00 with 5 bids


1966 ATOM ANT SECRET SQUIRREL THERMOS MINT UNUSED "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 26m
$26.00 with 6 bids


1916 ADVERTISING HAND-OUT INTRODUCING THE UNCLE WIGGLY GAME ~ SCARCE! !

Time Left: 21h 2m
$25.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972-73 Evel Knievel, White Cycle & White Launcher 5604-01

Time Left: 2d 1h 56m
$25.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1980's Nerfuls Lot Of Characters Parker Brothers

Time Left: 2d 22h 48m
$24.99 with 1 bids


1955 DANIEL BOONE METAL THERMOS C9 CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 20m
$24.05 with 6 bids


1970 DR SEUSS LUNCHBOX RED HANDLE VARIATION #2 C9 + "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 28m
$23.50 with 9 bids


Vintage 1968 JURO Novelty Co. Ventriloquist Doll, Dummy. "MORTIMER SNERD"

Time Left: 6d 23m
$23.50 with 9 bids


Evel Knievel SCRAMBLE VAN ,ACTION FIGURE ,SOME ACCESSORIES Ideal toys 1973

Time Left: 3d 17h 36m
$22.50 with 9 bids


1969 JULIA TV SHOW LUNCHBOX BEAUTIFUL C9 CONDITION JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 24m
$21.50 with 6 bids


1969 JULIA TV SHOW METAL THERMOS MINT UNUSED CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 24m
$21.50 with 5 bids


Vintage 1973 EEGEE Co. Ventriloquist Doll, Dummy "LESTER"

Time Left: 6d 13m
$21.29 with 9 bids


1950s ROY ROGERS RIDERS CLUB SET WITH RARE COMIC BOOK

Time Left: 3h 22m
$20.50 with 17 bids


VINTAGE JIMMY NELSON'S DANNY O`DAY VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY PUPPET

Time Left: 1d 13h 34m
$20.50 with 4 bids


1970 DR SEUSS THERMOS WHITE TRIM VARIATION #1 MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 29m
$20.50 with 4 bids


Lot of 3 Ventriloquist Dolls / Dummy, Danny O'Day, As Is Parts / Repair

Time Left: 6d 3m
$20.50 with 4 bids


1960s Huckleberry Hound Ideas, INC Figure WIth Box Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 2d 23h 56m
$19.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE, ORIGINAL 1963 MARX NUTTY MADS "ALL HEART HOGAN" FIGURE

Time Left: 4d 12h 53m
$19.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Set 1973 Vintage Toy

Time Left: 5d 19h 52m
$19.99 with 2 bids


1966 MGM Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Louis Marx & Co. Toy Plastic Agents Men Figures

Time Left: 1d 45m
$17.50 with 5 bids


Evel Knievel IDEAL vintage stunt cycle set figure

Time Left: 1d 18h 40m
$16.00 with 5 bids


1968 SPEEDY GONZALES 7.5" Figure DAKIN Vtg toy Warner Bros antique LOONEY TUNES

Time Left: 3d 19h 18m
$15.98 with 1 bids


Vintage ©1955 BABY BARRY TOY CO. Emmett Kelly's WILLIE THE CLOWN Doll Hobo

Time Left: 5d 23h 1m
$15.60 with 1 bids


1966 BATMAN THEME TV SHOW LARGE RECORD SLEEVE 12 INCHES BY 12 INCHES

Time Left: 3h 25m
$15.50 with 5 bids


Vtg 1930's Jaymar Wood Jointed Christmas Ornament: Popeye

Time Left: 2d 22m
$15.50 with 7 bids


1967 JAMES BOND XX LUNCHBOX w RARE "SECRET AGENT" LETTERS "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 23m
$15.50 with 7 bids


1970 DR SEUSS THERMOS RED TRIM VARIATION #2 MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 28m
$15.50 with 3 bids


Lot Of 3 Evel Knievel Motorcycle Toys

Time Left: 59m 9s
$15.08 with 7 bids


Wonder Woman Vintage Collectible Wall Decor Cardboard Jointed 34” Tall Rare

Time Left: 2d 18h 47m
$15.00 with 1 bids


RARE Vintage 1966 BATMAN Soaky Bottle By Colgate Palmolive Co. *No reserve*

Time Left: 5d 2h 13m
$15.00 with 1 bids


VENTRILOQUIST VENTRILOQUISM 1902 LESSONS BY PROF. SAMUEL LINGERMAN

Time Left: 5d 23h 49m
$14.99 with 1 bids


1960s CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST THERMOS MINT "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 4d 3h 23m
$14.50 with 4 bids


1950s HOPALONG CASSIDY JEWELRY SETS MINT ON THE CARDS LOT #1

Time Left: 3h 21m
$14.17 with 4 bids


Vintage Stuffed Clown Toy With Painted Plastic Face Black Hair 50 cm Tall #323

Time Left: 5d 9h 30m
$14.10 with 2 bids


1964 WAGON TRAIN THERMOS C9 CONDITION "JOE SOUCY" COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 22m
$13.50 with 4 bids


1983 BERENSTAIN BEARS LUNCHBOX w THERMOS MINT UNUSED JOE SOUCY COLLECTION

Time Left: 3d 3h 30m
$13.50 with 4 bids