LAS VEGAS (December 2014) – Three new exhibit items are now on view at The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The Museum actively seeks artifacts to broaden and deepen its collection, pursuing artifacts that help tell the story of the historic battle between organized crime and law enforcement, as well as the reflections of that battle in popular culture.
The new exhibit items include:
The Nucky Thompson “Death Suit”: Steve Buscemi, who played bootlegging gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, wore this three-piece suit in the series finale, in which his character was killed on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The suit features a bullet hole where the character was shot.
Nucky Johnson Culinary Trophy: Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, Atlantic City organized crime boss during the Prohibition era, sponsored this silver cup, which was awarded to Omer Bondoux in a culinary contest in 1925. Bondoux was the chef at the Breakers Hotel in Atlantic City. The Nucky Thompson character in Boardwalk Empire was inspired by the real-life Nucky Johnson.
Paulie Walnuts Track Suit: Tony Sirico, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri in HBO’s The Sopranos, wore the track suit during the opening scene of Season 6, Episode 4. Paulie is shown walking out of a SCUBA shop toward his car. In this episode, he learns his Aunt Dottie, a nun, is actually his mother.
“‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ are among the great celluloid achievements in dramatizing the endlessly fascinating narrative of the Mob-law enforcement dynamic,” explains Geoff Schumacher, director of content, The Mob Museum.