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r/todayilearned – TIL A California man hunts for 100 year old Levi jeans in abandoned mines, in order to sell them to collectors for $30,000 – $100,000 a pair.


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“When a miner got a new pair of work pants, he’d cut up the old ones and use them for lagging around pipes, so there were a lot of antique jeans buried out here. I did a bit of research into the history of Levi’s, and realised collectors would pay a lot for them, even for scraps.”

A little later: “Then last week we found a complete pair of jeans. When you find something like that, it’s an enormous thrill. It’s what we’d been working so hard for: 95% of the time you never find anything complete.”

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