Why George Clooney Wears James Dean’s Pants

After 141 years, Levi's 501s are still the coolest jeans in America

In May 2001, a relatively new auction site called eBay had the media world abuzz. For sale was an artifact, dated to 1880, and dug up from the mud of a forgotten Nevada mining town. Web surfers stared wide-eyed as collectors bid the item up to $25,000, and then $35,000, before the auction suddenly closed with an offer of $46,532.