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A pair of Levis jeans from the 1880s were found in an old mine. It might seem like the start of a fairy tale or even a joke, but it’s the actual truth.

Kyla Haupert, a 23-year-old vintage clothing dealer from San Diego bought the pair of jeans at an auction on 1 October.

The pants were found in an old mine and still have candle wax on them. It’s believed that they were used by a miner and feature suspender buttons on the waistbands and a single back pocket.

According to the auction house, the jeans are one of the oldest known Levis from the gold rush era and the holy grail of vintage denim collecting. The pants are in good/wearable condition.

Haupert has said that he hopes to sell the pants to a vintage denim collector or to a museum for display.

It’s not clear what he could get for the jeans, but Haupert hopes to make a profit by selling them again after buying them at auction.

Image credit: Fox 10 News

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