Auction Sold James Dean And Elvis Presley Lee Jeans Items

Denim became very popular after World War 2 during the 1950’s. A new period was born for denim as soldiers left pairs of jeans everywhere during war. Youth became a big fan of these denim items as it was something different than they used to wear. It was rebellious to wear these items in daily life as denim was made as workwear in the first place. Only the lowerclasses were seen in these blue outfits.

Denim became really popular when movies appeared on the big screens were actors and musicians as James Dean and Elvis Presley were dressed in this rude boy style. Young people wanted to be as cool as them. They started to wear jeans and jackets to show their rebellious behaviour against their parents and the society.

In 2006 and 2009 one of the most iconic pieces in denim history by Lee Jeans were sold through auctions from James Dean and Elvis Presley.

James Dean Lee 101z Jeans

James Dean played his third and final role in the movie Giant. The movie was shot in 1955 and was released after his death in October 1956. James Dean played against his previous roles as a rebellious young man to great effect, earning a posthumous Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

The Lee Riders 101z jeans has a center waistband label which refers to 1950’s production. Next to the waistband label Warner Bros. sewned a production tag inside. The production tag shows information as date of production, 26th of April 1955, his name and size. The jeans is in perfect condition with an authentic worn vintage look.

Below is also a picture attached from the James Dean Museum archive where he’s wearing the jeans for a wardrobe test. This pair of Lee 101z Riders jeans was sold at Heritage Auctions in October 2006 for $35,850.

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jamesdean longjohn

jamesdean longjohn

jamesdean longjohn

Watch here below the official trailer of the movie Giant.

Elvis Presley Lee 101-J Westerner Jacket

Elvis Presley appeared in the movie ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ in 1964. In the movie he’s wearing the Lee Westerner jacket. In the movie Elvis plays a double character with blond and black hair. The Lee Westerner jacket was introduced in the 1950’s as a more dressed-up version of the legendary blue denim Riders jacket from the American denim brand.

The Lee 101-J Westerner jacket label shows a label with size 42 regular. They sewn another additional MGM label inside the jacket with all the details as name, job, chest, sleeve and waist information. The full name Elvis Presley is written by hand, just as the other details. There’s also a MGM orange laundry tag attached to the inside of the jacket. The inside of the jacket is stamped in black M-G-M. This jacket was originally sold in the ‘Star Wardrobe’ portion of the MGM/David Weisz auction catalogue. The jacket is sold for $12.552 on Thursday the 6th of August in 2009.

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elvispresley longjohn

elvispresley longjohn

elvispresley longjohn

elvispresley longjohn

Watch here below the official trailer of the movie Kissin’ Cousins.

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Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.