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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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 Autographed Signed Wembley England Crash 16x20 Photo ASI Proof

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$399.99 with 1 bids


High Grade EVEL KNIEVEL Super Jet Cycle New Sealed Vintage 1976 IDEAL RARE

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$308.00 with 20 bids


High Grade EVEL KNIEVEL Formula 1 Dragster New Sealed Vintage 1976 IDEAL RARE

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$140.00 with 30 bids


VINTAGE BRADLEY 1975 EVEL KNIEVEL WRIST WATCH

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$99.99 with 1 bids


1972-2006 Ideal Evel Knievel Motorcycle Harley Davidson Vintage Limited Edition

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$76.00 with 26 bids


1972-2006 Ideal Evel Knievel Motorcycle Harley Davidson Vintage Limited Edition

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$71.00 with 8 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel and Derry Daring Parts Lot Stunt Cycles, etc.

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$69.99 with 1 bids


2007 Sportkings Series A Quad Relic Silver Evel Knievel Mario Andretti SGC 9.5

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$66.66 with 9 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL ON MOTORCYCLE ON BIKE TRAILER

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$63.00 with 11 bids


Original Vintage 1974 Evel Knievel Colorforms No 596 Official Adventure set new

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$60.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Lunch Box *Metal* Aladdin Industries Incorporated *1974*

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$46.00 with 3 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal Original EVEL KNIEVEL Stunt Motorcycle Evil Toy 70s Plastic

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$44.00 with 18 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal 7" Inch EVEL EVIL KNIEVEL w/ 2 HELMETS Bendy Action Figure

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$33.00 with 12 bids


1974 Topps Evel Knievel Trading Cards 40 total cards (most are different)

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$32.99 with 1 bids


Vinatge 70's Evel Knievel Energizer and figure Nice Shape1976 by IDEAL HTF Works

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$32.00 with 9 bids


1974 TOPPS EVEL KNIEVEL 6 CARD LOT and sugar daddy card

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$30.00 with 1 bids


1973 Ideal Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle box only

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage I Am Evel Knievel White Mesh Banner 24 x 36

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$18.50 with 6 bids


Vintage 1976 Ideal Evel Knievel Rocket Ship Jet Plane Car Toy

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$14.90 with 2 bids


Rare Vintage Original Evel Knievel Evil Action Figure Stunt Cycle Doll 1970s Toy

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$14.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel, SWAT & Planet of the Apes Puzzles HG Toys

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$12.00 with 1 bids


HOT WHEELS CUSTOM MADE EVEL KNIEVEL FORD F-100

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$11.99 with 1 bids


FUNKO POP RIDES EVEL KNIEVEL ON MOTORCYCLE #101 - FREE SHIPPING

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$10.50 with 4 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL Snake River Canyon Jump 3 City PROMO POSTER on X-2 Sky Cycle Evil

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Rare Vintage EVEL KNIEVEL IDEAL SWAGGER STICK/CANE 1974 1970s

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1972 Ideal 7" Inch EVEL EVIL KNIEVEL w/ HELMET Bendy Action Figure

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$7.50 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel For Nintendo Game Boy (HE1033063)

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$5.80 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Promo Poster Los Angeles The Fanfare Corp

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$5.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Promo Poster Snake River Canyon jump 1974

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$5.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Toy Crash Helmet 1970's Action Figure Spare Parts.

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$3.62 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL 1974 TOPPS LOT OF 2 DIFFERENT NON SPORTS CARDS

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$1.97 with 3 bids


Evel Knievel 2014 Ltd Ed 2/5 David Lee Art Trading Card

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$0.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Shot Glass

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$0.99 with 1 bids