Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

Marco Green
May 28, 2018

Daniel Buck Soules from Daniel Buck Auctions in Lisbon Falls said the Levi Strauss & Co. blue jeans from the American Old West sold for almost $100,000.

The exact sale price and the name and location of the buyer were not publicly available due to the private sale's conditions, but Daniel Buck Soules of Daniel Buck Auctions in ME was able to provide some insight on the big sale, The Detroit News reported.

At this old age, the jeans comes with a fascinating backstory. The jeans were purchased in 1893 by a store keeper in the Arizona Territory and were in pristine condition because they were worn only a few times.

The identity of the buyer and the exact amount of the sale have remained under wraps, because the Levis were sold through a private sale and not by way of an auction.

Analysts said that blue jeans are coveted because they have been deeply ingrained in the US culture after their first appearance during the years of Western expansion.

There's no mystery behind the jeans. The fabric was produced by a mill in New Hampshire on the East Coast, but the trousers were manufactured in San Francisco on the West Coast. There were no belt loops because men used suspenders back then.

The denims, size 44 with a 36-inch inseam, suggest that Warner was no small man.

Soules put the jeans up for auction in 2016, but a computer glitch botched the online bidding.

There's a market for rare jeans.

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