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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Oldest Known” Pair Of Levi’s® Jeans Showcased On The History Channel’s History’s Lost & Found Sold For Record $46,532.00 On eBay- May 24, 2001

Jeans Return Home to Levi Strauss & Co.
Exact Replica of Historic Jeans to be Made Available to the Public as Part of the Levi’s® Vintage Clothing Collection

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 24, 2001 – Through a special auction presented by The History Channel®, eBay and Butterfields, the “oldest known” pair of Levi’s® jeans in existence was sold tonight for $46,532.00 to Levi Strauss & Co. These authenticated 1880s jeans had an estimated value between $25,000 and $35,000 according to appraisers at Butterfields Auctioneers. Selling for $46,532.00 in a last-minute bidding war on eBay, the jeans have now set a record as the highest price ever paid for a pair of denim. All proceeds from the sale will go to the individual seller of the jeans, who consigned the item to Butterfields and wishes to remain anonymous.

Through a joint effort, these jeans were featured on History Channel’s History’s Lost & Found Auction Block and simultaneously listed on eBay in a seven-day auction, from May 17 through May 24 at and . History’s Lost & Found, which airs Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, takes viewers on a wild scavenger hunt through history tracking down long lost objects and artifacts that have significantly changed our world. The winning bid will be announced on Friday’s program, May 25.

“I’m thrilled that the world’s oldest pair of Levi’s jeans have come home after more than 110 years,” said Bob Haas, chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. and the great-great-grandnephew of the company's founder, Levi Strauss. “This is an important piece of our company’s history and it’s great that they will now be preserved in our archives.”

“Levi Strauss & Co. invented the first pair of jeans in 1873, which have since become one of the most enduring icons of our time,” said Lynn Downey, Levi Strauss & Co. historian. “Our archives are filled with examples of our nearly 130-year tradition of innovation, the riveted blue jean.”

Collecting vintage denim is a worldwide phenomenon. But not everyone can buy $46,532 vintage jeans. To bring this historical find to the public, an exact replica will be produced for the Levi's® Vintage Clothing line, a collection dedicated to reproducing select archival pieces in the most minute detail from the Levi Strauss & Co. archive. The 1880s jean will be replicated with the original details, including the unique "tool pocket" located on the left thigh, the fabric, fit, buttons and stitching. Levi's Vintage Clothing is produced at the world's oldest LS&CO. factory on Valencia Street in San Francisco, and will be available for fall 2001 with a retail price of about $250. The jeans will be available at Levi's® Stores in San Francisco, New York, London, Berlin, as well as Selvedge in New York, Cinch in London, Zinc in Barcelona, B-Fly in Milan, Buttenheim in Berlin and Nim in Paris.

*picture above is one of a pair of levi's 1940s in my 6 years is 501xx buckle back made in usa ... still in good condition to wear ..but seems like its hard to find nowadays....i rarely worn it...

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