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< p>A pair of 165-year-old Levi's jeans found on a sunken ship sold at auction

The great-grandfathers of modern jeans sold for $114,000.

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At auction in Nevada , USA, sold a unique lot – 165-year-old Levi's jeans, which were found at the wreck of the SS Central America, which sank in 1857. The Daily Mail writes about this.

For old pants, pretty spoiled by sea water, they got 114 thousand dollars. Also auctioned were Brooks Brothers shirts and the lid of Wells Fargo's oldest known gold case.

Wells Fargo is a bank holding company that still exists today. It provides financial and insurance services in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. It is one of the so-called “big four” US banks: along with Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.

In total, the auction house in Nevada sold items worth almost $ 1 million. All of them were found at the shipwreck.

Central America, also known as the “Gold Ship”, was used to transport gold during the California Gold Rush era, but was swept away by a hurricane that hit the Carolinas on its way to New York. The ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

The wreckage was found in 1988. And more than 270 items were raised from the bottom. Including Levi Strauss mining pants, one of the first produced by Levi Strauss, an emigrant from Bavaria in the 1850s.

Work pants, the forerunner of modern jeans, of course, differ in style. For example, they do not have belt loops, as they were worn with suspenders, and the fly at that time was made with buttons. There are five on jeans. During the time spent in sea water in a wooden chest, the jeans changed color and became stained, but this only added to their historicity.

Pair of 165-year-old Levi's jeans found on a sunken ship sold at auction

A pair of 165-year-old Levi's jeans found on a sunken ship sold at auction

< p>These jeans are the oldest known mining heavy jeans ever found and were the highlight of the auction. In total, more than 7,500 participants fought for treasure from the sunken ship.

Bob Evans, chief scientist for each underwater search and rescue mission, said the items may seem ordinary, but they provide a glimpse into the daily lives of passengers and crew who sailed on the Golden Ship, ranging from gold mine workers to San Francisco high society.

About 425 people who sailed on the “Golden Ship” died. 153 people were saved when the Golden Ship sank in a hurricane in September 1857.

For decades, many of the belongings of passengers and crew – some still sealed in safes and passenger cases – were stored in cold, oxygen-deprived environment.

At the auction house, 165-year-old jeans have already been called the “golden grail” in the world of jeans. “These mining jeans are like the first flag on the moon, a historic moment in history,” the auction house said.

“We can date them accurately because we know that the Central America sank in a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on September 12, 1857. There are no earlier five-button jeans,” they said.

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A pair of 165-year-old Levi's jeans found on a sunken ship sold at auction

There is controversy over whether the jeans are exactly related to the father of modern blue jeans, Levi Strauss, as they are 16 years older than the first pair officially produced by his company Levi Strauss & Co. from San Francisco in 1873.

But experts believe this is a very early version of what would become the iconic jeans.

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