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!

MORE WAYS TO RESEARCH KNIEVEL PRICES

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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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Evel Knievel Ride On Battery Powered 7.5 Volt Evil Motorcycle Unused Display VR!

Time Left: 5d 19h 38m
$199.99 with 1 bids


1966 Ideal Official Batman Helmet & Cape In Box AWESOME FIND- IN AMAZING SHAPE

Time Left: 1d 8h 33m
$192.50 with 4 bids


Vintage 1992 Stretch Armstrong and 1994 Vac-Man in boxes with inner trays

Time Left: 2d 14h 21m
$186.80 with 2 bids


1956 Official Highway Patrol Holster Outfit by Halco

Time Left: 7d 5h 26m
$153.22 with 6 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL - STUNT CYCLE SET

Time Left: 9h 29m
$127.57 with 9 bids


Evel Knievel  Custom Helmet

Time Left: 5d 7h 46m
$121.00 with 6 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, Launcher, Figure, Helmet IDEAL 1970's

Time Left: 2d 6h 45m
$103.50 with 29 bids


1973 Ideal CANADA-EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE-Canadian Issue-Bilingual Box

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$102.51 with 19 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Set Vintage Toy

Time Left: 5d 7h 42m
$102.51 with 13 bids


1974 Evel Knievel Stunt Stadium By Ideal Toy Co. Hollis, NY

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$102.50 with 12 bids


Ideal Classics Evel Knievel Super Stunt Cycle With Gyro Launcher- Brand New

Time Left: 9h 8m
$102.50 with 33 bids


Vintage Sears Gilbert James Bond 007 Slot Cars

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$100.99 with 20 bids


Vintage 1968 Poynter Products Dr Suess Merry Menagerie Green Dragon Toy Rare

Time Left: 2d 6h 56m
$99.00 with 1 bids


1950'S VINTAGE PAUL WINCHELL'S JERRY MAHONEY VENTRILOQUIST DOLL

Time Left: 6d 57m
$93.00 with 6 bids


Vintage 1983 MOTU Skeletor Battle Armor sealed on card - Masters of the Universe

Time Left: 2d 14h 20m
$91.60 with 2 bids


1970's EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT, CHOPPER, TRAIL CYCLES - 3 BIKES!

Time Left: 1d 5h 57m
$79.00 with 1 bids


Ideal Evel Knievel Deluxe Daredevil Stunt Set

Time Left: 8h 37m
$76.00 with 10 bids


1950's Disney Zorro All Metal Target Board With Dart Shooting Rifle

Time Left: 7d 5h 26m
$76.00 with 9 bids


Vintage Care Bear Figure Lot, Shelf, Toy, Doll

Time Left: 6d 16h 27m
$73.64 with 11 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE - Early RARE Wide Wheel Chrome Pipes!

Time Left: 1d 8h 4m
$69.00 with 1 bids


Louis Marx Toys Nutty Mads Weird-Ohs Endsville Eddie Turquoise 1964

Time Left: 1d 2h 28m
$67.00 with 7 bids


Vintage 1944 KFS Syrocco MAGGIE + JIGGS Comic Character STATUES Syroco FIGURES

Time Left: 6h 30m
$66.00 with 7 bids


Vintage 1990 Dino-Riders Ice Age Giant Ground Sloth W/ ULK Caveman TYCO Rare Toy

Time Left: 6d 1h 46m
$65.00 with 1 bids


DINO RIDERS 1988 PUFFY STICKER by GORDY 3 DIFFERENT PACKS MIP UNUSED STORE STOCK

Time Left: 4h 30m
$59.99 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE - Early RARE Wide Wheel!

Time Left: 1d 6h 16m
$59.00 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE - Ideal Toys Early 1970's

Time Left: 1d 8h 22m
$55.00 with 4 bids


MARX, Canadian Issue, Johnny West

Time Left: 8m 39s
$54.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1944 KFS Syrocco BLONDIE + DAGWOOD + COOKIE Comic STATUES Syroco FIGURES

Time Left: 6h 33m
$53.50 with 2 bids


Vintage JERRY MAHONEY VENTRILOQUIST Dummy Doll

Time Left: 4h 54m
$53.00 with 11 bids


Green Hornet Eating Set By Imperial 1966

Time Left: 3d 22h 54m
$53.00 with 3 bids


Vintage Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle Scramble Van with Accessories

Time Left: 5h
$51.00 with 4 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Vintage Chopper bike 70s Toys #1

Time Left: 2h 33m
$50.99 with 2 bids


60s-70s Fred Flintstone Vinyl Figure Squeeze Toy Hanna Barbera SCARCE

Time Left: 9d 6h 28m
$49.99 with 1 bids


60s PUREX Bubble Club Soaky Ricochet Rabbit Rare Version Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 9d 6h 36m
$49.99 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE - Ideal Toys Early 1970's

Time Left: 1d 6h 6m
$49.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Crash Car & Launcher w/ Box Evil Action Figure 70s Toys

Time Left: 7h 20m
$45.11 with 4 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT SET MINT CONDITION - NEVER PLAYED WITH!

Time Left: 6d 12h 26m
$42.00 with 2 bids


RARE 1964 Flintstones Itty Bitty Figures Barney Betty On Card Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 1d 6h 58m
$41.00 with 4 bids


ROBBIE KNIEVEL EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT SET MINT CONDITION - NEVER PLAYED WITH!

Time Left: 6d 12h 56m
$41.00 with 2 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL, NEW

Time Left: 2d 23h 40m
$39.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Extremely Rare 1st Edition Ram Style Helmet Stunt Cycle Evil 70s NR

Time Left: 3d 17h 40m
$38.50 with 3 bids


Vintage Goldberger Jimmy Nelson's Danny O'Day Ventriloquist Dummy 30” + Case

Time Left: 6h 10m
$37.52 with 4 bids


1960s AURORA T JET THE GREEN HORNET BLACK BEAUTY SLOT CAR EXCELLENT CONDITION

Time Left: 1d 12h 1m
$37.00 with 9 bids


1966 BATMAN AND ROBIN METAL THERMOS EXCELLENT CONDITION

Time Left: 4d 12h 9m
$36.00 with 7 bids


RARE ANTIQUE BUCK ROGERS WOOD RUBBER STAMP PRINTERS SET-MILTON BRADLEY 1930'S

Time Left: 5d 4h 17m
$35.00 with 1 bids


1960's Juro Danny O' Day Ventriloquist Dummy, Jimmy Nelson

Time Left: 8h 31m
$34.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1930's Daisy Mfg. Co. Buck Rogers 25th Century Space Ray Gun Pistol Toy

Time Left: 9h 23m
$32.00 with 20 bids


60s Dell Huckleberry Hound Squeeze Toy VInyl Figure in Package Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 1d 7h
$31.00 with 3 bids


PRINCESS OF POWER 1985 PUFFY STICKERS by GORDY 2 DIFFERENT PACKS SEALED SHE-RA

Time Left: 4h 30m
$29.99 with 1 bids


1970 BATTERY-OP BOY AND GIRL WITH FLASH CAMERA PHTOING ON CAR MINT IN BOX

Time Left: 2d 10h 22m
$28.00 with 14 bids


MULTIPLE PROD. CO. / MPC UGLIES BEADY EYED BENNIE

Time Left: 1d 7h 56m
$26.00 with 6 bids


Pinocchio Figurine Lot - Italy Wooden Puppet Gepetto Tall Collection Marionette

Time Left: 5h 15m
$24.99 with 2 bids


1964 SET OF TWO 1964 UNCIRCULATED COIN SETS w 90% SILVER KENNEDY HALVES & MORE

Time Left: 11h 59m
$24.53 with 13 bids


LOT OF 5 SYROCO COMIC STRIP CHARACTERS MAGGIE, JIGGS, CAPT, HANS, FRITZ 1944

Time Left: 10h 1m
$24.18 with 4 bids


marx gold star transfer company trailer

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$22.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Ozwald Mask and Mirror. Paul Winchell. RARE.

Time Left: 2d 2h 36m
$21.50 with 3 bids


1948 Ed McConnell Remple Mfg Froggy The Gremlin Frog Squeaky Toy

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$21.50 with 8 bids


Vintage JERRY MAHONEY VENTRILOQUIST Dummy Doll

Time Left: 6d 12m
$21.00 with 2 bids


1968 , 1972 AND 1973 US MINT PROOF SETS WITH 40% SILVER HALF DOLLAR

Time Left: 12h
$20.50 with 5 bids


1950s SUPER COOL HYPMOTIST HYPNOTIC ELECTRIC SPINNING WHEEL

Time Left: 4d 12h 8m
$20.50 with 6 bids


Dennis The Menace-Ceramic Figure-1970s-DMLA

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Dennis The Menace-Ceramic Bank with Ruff-1970s-DMLA

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Dennis The Menace-Ceramic Bookends-1970s-with Teddy Bear-DMLA

Time Left: 1d 7h 21m
$20.00 with 1 bids


Two 1930's Dick Tracy Badges and Two 1960's Pins

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Ideal 1976 EVEL KNIEVEL Precision miniatures diecast toys vintage lot of 2

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$20.00 with 13 bids


Pelham string puppet from England Giant from Jack and the Bean Stalk 

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Marx Toy Nutty Mads Figures Donald Demon Rocko Roddy End Zone Waldo Chief

Time Left: 4h 6m
$19.95 with 1 bids


LQQK Talking DJ Dishonest John Puppet WORKS 1962 Mattel BEANY & CECIL pullstring

Time Left: 4d 7h 14m
$19.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1930s Charlie McCarthy Composition 13" Doll Carnival Prize (?)

Time Left: 1d 7h 1m
$18.50 with 9 bids


SCARCE 60s Yogi Bear and Friends Coloring Cloth in Package Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 1d 7h 4m
$18.03 with 2 bids


GI Joe ARAH RAM Rapid Attack Fire Motorcycle Pencil Case Hasbro ADI 1983 G.I.

Time Left: 1d 5h 55m
$17.99 with 1 bids


1973 ADAM 12 LUNCHBOX THERMOS EXCELLENT CONDITION

Time Left: 3d 7h 54m
$17.50 with 3 bids


Schildkröte Blechspielzeug 1950 Turtle Tortoise Tortue

Time Left: 7d 2h 3m
$16.94 with 1 bids


VIntage 1965 GIlBERT TOYS- man from Uncle - JAMES BOND 007 Secret agent GUN CASE

Time Left: 6h 41m
$16.50 with 5 bids


1957 LOT OF 8 ONE DOLLAR SILVER CERTIFICATES US BANK NOTES

Time Left: 11h 59m
$16.50 with 7 bids


3 Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Action Figure 1973

Time Left: 2d 3h 25m
$15.99 with 3 bids


Vintage 1977 Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Dummy Doll 30" Juro Novelty GUC

Time Left: 6h 47m
$15.50 with 2 bids


Marx Charlie McCarthy in his Benzine Buggy Empty Box for Tin Wind Up Toy

Time Left: 9h 2m
$15.50 with 2 bids


Rare vintage Happy Birthday Bozo Styrofoam ornament

Time Left: 2d 8h 44m
$15.50 with 1 bids


1950s HOPALONG CASSIDY HORSE TOPPER SOAP MINT IN THE BOX

Time Left: 4d 12h 7m
$15.50 with 4 bids


Vintage Cisco Kid And Pancho Tip Top Bread Puzzle & Envelope Tv Western - Nice

Time Left: 9h 46m
$15.00 with 1 bids


Marx Fred Flintstone on Dino Empty Box for Tin Wind Up Toy

Time Left: 3d 9h 54m
$15.00 with 1 bids


Large vintage cardboard Charlie Mc Carthy puppet

Time Left: 4d 33m
$15.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel TEAM AMERICA MARAUDER Stunt Chopper Bike Rider Figure

Time Left: 8d 10h 13m
$15.00 with 1 bids


60s-70s Yogi Bear Vinyl Squeeze Toy Figure Hanna Barbera

Time Left: 1d 7h 2m
$14.99 with 1 bids


Original 1960s Larry Harmon Bozo The Clown Toy Pocket Watch In Sealed Package @@

Time Left: 3d 2h 31m
$14.99 with 1 bids


1968 CORGI CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG LARGE VERSION CAR DICK VAN DYKE

Time Left: 12h
$13.50 with 5 bids


1966 BATMAN AND ROBIN METAL LUNCHBOX

Time Left: 4d 12h 9m
$13.50 with 2 bids


1968 , 1974 AND 1975, 76 US MINT PROOF SETS WITH 40% SILVER HALF & DOLLAR

Time Left: 12h
$12.50 with 3 bids


VINTAGE ADIRONDACK PERSONAL STYLE MICKEY MANTLE STYLE BASEBALL BAT

Time Left: 3d 7h 54m
$12.00 with 4 bids


1970s CHARLIE BROWN PEANUTS GANG THE CHAMP SNOOPY WIND UP TOY MINT IN BOX

Time Left: 3d 7h 54m
$11.50 with 3 bids


LOT OF 4 SYROCO COMIC STRIP CHARACTERS BLONDIE, DAGWOOD, COOKIE, ALEXANDER 1944

Time Left: 9h 56m
$10.99 with 3 bids


1960s & 70s LARGE SUPERBALL COLLECTON

Time Left: 3d 7h 53m
$10.50 with 2 bids


1965 WHAMO SET OF TWO ORIGINAL SUPER BALLS SUPESIZE

Time Left: 3d 7h 54m
$10.50 with 2 bids


1950s DISNEYLAND FESS PARKER DAVY CROCKETT TRAY SUPER RARE EXCELLENT SHAPE

Time Left: 4d 12h 7m
$10.50 with 2 bids


$20 DOLLAR LIBERTY GOLD MINIATURE COIN 14K SOLID GOLD GREAT PRESENT

Time Left: 10h 26m
$10.49 with 2 bids


1930s Bisque BONZO THE DOG by George Studdy made in Germany

Time Left: 4d 5h 49m
$10.00 with 1 bids


1982 Crayola Annie Crayola-rola MIB Little Orphan Annie

Time Left: 8h 38m
$9.99 with 1 bids


1951 COCA COLA SPRITE BOY LARGE RECTANGULAR BLOTTER SIGN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

Time Left: 10h 27m
$9.99 with 1 bids


1969 US MINT ISSUE MINT SEALED UNCIRCULATED COIN SET w 40% SILVER KENNEDY

Time Left: 10h 37m
$9.99 with 1 bids