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The oldest jeans in the world sold for a huge amount in the USA

The shipwreck trousers (pictured) are 16 years older than Levi Strauss & Co's first officially produced jeans.  Photo: holabirdamericana.liveauctiongroup.com

The shipwreck trousers (pictured) are 16 years older than Levi Strauss & Co’s first officially produced jeans. Photo: holabirdamericana.liveauctiongroup.com

Pants made of white durable fabric, found in a chest on the steamer SS Central America that sank in 1857, went under the hammer for $114,000 (more than 7.3 million rubles).

Experts continue to argue whether these trousers are the forerunner of iconic jeans. And experts disagree about the fact that the trousers from the sunken ship are 16 years older than the first jeans officially produced by Levi Strauss & Co. However, there is an assumption that these pants are the earliest version of clothing, which later became not only a cult, but also “the most American”.

The pants, believed to be a miner’s clothing, were sold in an auction held in Nevada in early December. In total, more than 250 antiques raised from the ill-fated “Central America” ​​were put up for auction.

“These mining jeans are like the first flag on the moon, an amazing moment in history,” declared Dwight Manley, managing partner of the California Gold Marketing Group, which owns the artifacts and puts them up for sale.

The paddle steamer SS Central America, sailing along the east coast of Central America, was caught in a severe storm and sank off the coast of North Carolina in September 1857. About 400 of the 477 passengers and 101 members of the ship’s crew died during the shipwreck. Also, along with the ship, about 10 tons of gold, mined during the famous California Gold Rush, went to the bottom of the ocean.

The ship, lying at a depth of more than 2.2 thousand meters, was discovered in the eighties of the last century by engineer Tommy Thompson, who was engaged in the design of deep-sea equipment. Having organized the Columbus American Discovery Group and won the right to mine a sea treasure, Thompson and his partner Bob Evans raised more than three tons of gold to the surface using the Nemo deep-sea submersible in just the first two months of work, and the cost of artifacts sold at auctions exceeded $100 million.

Later, Thompson disappeared – according to the general opinion, he simply ran away with the money he received, and work to extract cargo from the “golden ship” and their sale continued.

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