The Times from the UK carried the story on October 12th that a pair of jeans from the American Frontier era had been sold at auction for $87,400 in New Mexico. The jeans are from Levi’s and are considered to have been made in late 1880. Michael Harris, a so-called “Jeans Archaeologist,” found the jeans 5 years ago.
On the label of the jeans, there is a logo of Levi’s that says, “The only kind made by white labor.” This phrase shows it was a product of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was legislation enacted to cut off the inflow of the Chinese immigrants at that time.
The jeans are in very good condition and The Wall Street Journal reported that the jeans have been auctioned off at the highest price in the vintage clothing market. Recently, the vintage clothing market is rising fast in America among the young generation. The successful bidder who got the jeans from the auction house is Kyle Huppert, aged 23.
90% of the bid went to Kyle Huppert and the least 10% did to Zip Stevenson who is the famous vintage clothing merchandiser. Huppert says, “I hope Stevenson could find someone appropriate for possessing the jeans, and that’s why I invested in him.”
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