Levi’s Jeans Sold For $76,000
The legendary vintage denim hunter Brit Eaton organized his first edition of ‘Durango Vintage Festivus‘ last weekend. This event was held at the Animas river, just 20 minutes south of Durango, Colorado. Part of this four days event was the denim auction. Many rare items were auctioned, and one of them was a late 1800s pair of Levi’s jeans. It was sold for $76,000!
The Details Of This Historical Miner Pair
The Levi’s jeans were found years ago in an old mine by Michael Allen Harris, known for his book ‘Jeans of The Old West’. A few years ago he sold this unique and historical pair to Brit Eaton, who auctioned the jeans as part of his event. Before the event he said that the jeans would probably sell for an amount between $50,000 and $100,000,- so with the achieved price of $76,000,- it is almost exactly in between.
The Levi’s jeans were used as a miner pair, like most of these pairs from this era. It features suspender buttons on the waistband (belt loops were added on later models in the early 1920s), selvedge ID on the waistband, plain selvedge ID on the legs, candle wax on the jeans, cinch back, and a single back pocket.
The Live Auction Video
The Levi’s jeans is bought by collectors and resellers Zip Stevenson, known from Hollywood Trading Company, and Kyle Haupert, known from Golden State Vintage. In the video here below you can see and hear the excitement of the live auction of this very rare and historical pair of Levi’s.