Monday, October 15, 2012

Nicolas Cage Outbids Leonardo Dicaprio For Dinosaur Skull

Nicolas Cage Outbids Leonardo Dicaprio For Dinosaur Skull, Actor Nicolas Cage’s films have grossed a collective $3.9 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Today, though, the Oscar winner owes $6 million in back taxes; in October, he sued his former money manager for $20 million, saying he was led “down a path of financial ruin,” according to court documents.

How did he do it? Bad financial advice or not, Cage, 45, lived a super-sized life. While most of his possessions are now for sale, already sold or in foreclosure, the star once owned a staggering — and bizarre — array of, well, stuff.

Among Cage’s many, many expenditures — as tabulated by New York magazine — were the following:

One jet and two yachts.

In 2007, he outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a dinosaur skull, shelling out $276,000 for the artifact.

His homes included three castles — plus two islands in the Bahamas. Among his “dozen or so” mansions, one Bel Air home, purchased in 1998, features a billiard room with a 1955 Jaguar parked inside plus an array of “shrunken heads.”

Out of his 50 cars, the most Cage ever shelled out was $495,000 on Lamborghini — used. (Its former owner was the shah of Iran.)

Obsessed with superheroes (he was once set to star in a Superman sequel), he sold his comics collection in 1997 for $1.6 million.

While portraying an alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (his Oscar-winning role) in 1995, he hired an “on set drinking-consultant-poet.”

He’s not merely a big spender when it comes to himself, either. He proposed to Patricia Arquette upon their first meeting in 1987. The actress refused, and Cage suggested he go on a “quest” to prove his love. Arquette challenged Cage to track down a laundry list of odd items: an autograph from author JD Salinger, a “Bob’s Big Boy” statue and a Tibetan wedding dress. Cage fulfilled his “quest,” but it took him another eight years to convince Arquette marry him in 1995. (They divorced six years later.)
Title: Nicolas Cage Outbids Leonardo Dicaprio For Dinosaur Skull
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