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HENRY HILL - EPHEMERA SIGNED - HFSID 281246

Shoeshine brush signed by Henry with a quote from Goodfellas, which was based on Hill and the Lucchese crime family. Hill ran errands for a shoeshine stand run by Lucchese capo Paul Vario. He later became an FBI informant, and his testimony led to 50 convictions, including Vario.

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HENRY HILL
Shoeshine brush signed by Henry with a quote from Goodfellas, which was based on Hill and the Lucchese crime family. Hill ran errands for a shoeshine stand run by Lucchese capo Paul Vario. He later became an FBI informant, and his testimony led to 50 convictions, including Vario.
Ephemera signed "Get Your Shine Box/Henry Hill". Horsehair brush with wooden handle. by Empire, U. S. A., 6¾x2¾x1¾. "Get Your Shine Box" has a double meaning with Hill. Hill did odd jobs for Lucchese capo Paul Vario before beginning his career in crime, including running errands at a shoeshine stand owned by Vario. This is also a line frequently spoken by Billy Batts in the film Goodfellas (1990), which is based on Hill and the Lucchese family. Hill allegedly assisted in the real-life 1970 murder of Batts, whose real name was William DeVino and who was a mobster with the Gambino crime family. In real life, DeVino made a shoeshine reference to Thomas DeSimone, another Lucchese associate. Both he and Jimmy Burke, who was Hill's friend, took this as an insult, and Burke allegedly killed DeVino because of the remark. Hill (1943-2012) is a former Lucchese crime family associate turned FBI informant. You may know him from Nicholas Pileggi's book Wiseguy or Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, in which Hill was portrayed by star Ray Liotta. Hill had a long association with the Luccheses, but didn't get involved in any serious criminal activity until 1963. He never became a made member of the family, due to his Irish father. But he was still a valued member of the Luccheses. Hill hijacked trucks, selling untaxed cigarettes, engaging in loan sharking and, most notoriously, stole $5 million in cash and almost $1 million in jewels from Lufthansa in 1978, then the largest cash robbery on American soil. He also sold drugs, which led to a narcotics-trafficking charge in 1980. He was also arrested later as a material witness in the Lufthansa heist. Hill became convinced that the Luccheses wanted him killed over his drug dealing and to keep him quiet about the Lufthansa robbery, so he decided to turn state's evidence. His testimony led to 50 convictions, including Lucchese capo and longtime friend Paul Vario. Light scratches and dents, which touch signature. Varnish has rubbed off wooden handle at the ends. Otherwise, fine condition.

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