gallery Nicolas Cage - The Shopaholic
The star is blaming his ex-money manager for his money problems. But insiders say it was Cage who spent his way into big troubles. Jacob Bernstein reports on the star's head-spinning treasure trove: more than a dozen houses, two Bahamian islands, dinosaur skulls, the shah of Iran's Lamborghini (and more). Fun while it lasted.
Among Cage’s many collections was an impressive store of classic comic books. He’s since had to sell them off for a reported $1.6 million, but Cage was once the proud owner of the first ever
Superman comic. The old-school comics, similar to the one pictured at left, were kept in pristine glass cases. MANSION MAN
Cage housed a host of treasures at this Bel Air mansion, a house featuring a wine cellar, a movie theater, and a library. Once owned by Tom Jones and Dean Martin, Cage put the 1940 house on the market for over $30 million, and has since had to cut the price to less than half of that, due in part to what guests describe as its “Gothic mausoleum” décor.
Cage had a formidable car collection, which he would trade for high prices until the economy took a turn for the worse. He even managed to acquire one of the rare Bugatti Type 57 Atlante models—only 710 of the cars were ever produced.
Nicolas Cage takes a drive through Beverly Hills in a classic Ferrari convertible, just one of dozens of cars he owned.
MILE HIGH CLUB
No profligate celebrity is complete without a private jet. Cage became a frequent flier in his pricey Gulfstream jet (they go for anywhere between $45 million and $70 million), and reportedly used it to whisk away his
National Treasure costars for impromptu vacations from the set. THE CAGE ESTATE
Nicolas Cage owns this castle in England. The 18th-century Midford Castle, near Bath in Somerset, England, boasts seven bedrooms and three reception rooms and was lovingly restored after Cage purchased the property in August 2007 for a reported £5million. The property also includes 59 acres of parkland, woods and grassland.
LE CAGE AUTO
Cage’s love for Lamborghinis knows no bounds, but his purple Miura SVJ has an outrageous story—it was confiscated from the shah during the 1979 revolution. Later, Cage paid a cool half a million dollars for it, a good $200,000 more than the original asking price.