Levi’s Jeans Sold for $60,000 Traffic Outburst

Years ago, an old Levi's jeans was sold for $36,000 on eBay. This was not a Levi’s 501 as reported in conflicting stories, but rather a Levi’s Strauss 201. The Jeans was sold for so much money because it was made between 1890 and 1900. I wrote about the Levi’s jeans from 1890 some time ago.

Levi's Jeans Sold for $60,000 story made it to Twitter

My interest in this story was peaked again through a sudden break of the normal traffic trend on that old post (at the bottom of this post I posted an image of the traffic). Here it is, the story about a vintage Levi’s Jeans from 1890 being sold on eBay for $36,000 finds its way to a tweet:

Someone actually spent $60,000 on a pair of Levis that were made in 1890! I didn't even know Levis had been around that long. That is nuts!!

Tweet about the Levi's Jeans sold for $60,000

How Content Farms use Old News to Generate Traffic

It looks like the Tweet was inspired by the intro from a story ran by the Atlantic, which was featured by the Yahoo Finance section on March 31st. See screenshot below here, where I have to say this is probably not an attempt to be funny for April 1st fool day!

Yahoo Finance brings Atlantic story with Levi's Jeans sold for $60,000

The tweet was picked up by a Cincinnati Examiner blogger, who wrote a story about the Levi’s jeans that was sold and the history of Levi’s. The $60,000 Levi’s Jeans is used to write an intro for a piece of text which reads more like a history of the Levi’s company than some real journalism. Just look at how the author is jumping from the story of the $60,000 Levi’s Jeans into the history:

Could you ever imagine yourself or anyone for that fact paying $60,000 for one pair of Levis 501 jeans from 1890?

The world's most expensive blue jeans went for 60 grand and were sold by a man named Randy Knight to an anonymous collector in 2005 on eBay.

And then…

In fact most people are not aware that the Levis jeans company has been around since 1873. In 1853 a 24-year old German man by the name of Levis Strauss came to America

The story continues to mention some random Levi’s Strauss facts and company history, where it is ended with a random quote that Levi’s Strauss is one of the most popular denim brands in the world.

Low Quality, Factual Wrong

Not only is the whole article just a written form of historical facts about Levi’s Strauss, it also contains facts that are plain outright wrong. I checked the original listing in the eBay database (item # 160264665680)! The mistakes in the story are:

  • The Levi’s Jeans sold on eBay was not a model 501, but a 201
  • The Jeans was sold for $36,000 rather than $60,000

One might wonder why the editor of the story is using old news to create new news? IMHO the whole story smells like a Farmer. I don’t mean farmers smell bad or something, but more refers to the Content Farms!

According to the Winners & Losers from the Farmer/Panda update from Google articles, the Examiner was one of the sites classified as a Content Farm by the Google Algorithm. According to the Sistrix research the Examiner website lost 56% of its rankings after the Panda update (I still like the Famer better as a name for this update!).

I guess they are fitting that Panda/Farmer profile perfectly with the post about some old jeans being sold on eBay!

Traffic Outbreak

For a short time I got an outbreak of traffic on my old post about the pair of Levi’s Strauss Jeans sold on eBay. The outbreak was probably due to an increased interest from readers making searches on Google, where my article was ranking high on a number of keywords like: 1890 levi 501 jeans; levis 501s from 1890; 1890 levi 501 jeans sold on ebay.

I say was ranking high, as the SERP’s is now polluted with scraper sites, echo chamber blog posts and other “News” sites posting about the Levi’s Jeans which was sold for $60,000…

Levi’s Strauss Jeans sold for $60,000 image

Oh and by the way, in case you were wondering what a Levi’s Jeans from 1890 might look like, here is the image which went with the eBay auction back in 2005:


  1. jimi falcon says:

    Hello….I am Jimi Falcon and I own the 1890 Levi Strauss 201 jeans in the picture in
    your article but they are not the ones sold by Randy Knight… I can see the honest
    mistake as many folks have as there are more than one pair out there. Very rare that
    these pop up as there are a lot of fakes out there… mine were authenticated by renoun
    historian Lynn Downey at Levi Strauss…She was the one that identified them as 201.
    Mine are currently for sale at 60k as per my website at l890levistrauss.com. I also do not
    have any problem with authorization before sale….Thanks..jf

  2. jimi falcon says:

    Just for information if interested these jeans have never been washed or worn size 30 32 and
    they live in a climate controlled bank vault until sold. These historic jeans were worn by a
    real gold miner who wore high boots that protected the deep indigo color under them.
    As far as I know these are the only ones that have real gold dust inbedded in the fibers of
    the right thigh as can be seen with lighted magnification traced all the way up to and is in
    that little watch pocket. This intrinsic piece really needs to be displayed in a museum as they
    are truly unique…..jf