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How Nicolas Cage blew $150 million on mansions, his own private island — and a real dinosaur skull

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Best known for his roles in movies such as "National Treasure" and "Leaving Las Vegas," Nicolas Cage was once a top earner in Hollywood, worth $150 million.

But Cage didn't hold on to his fortune for long. He squandered it away on a string of expensive and often eccentric purchases, eventually facing foreclosure on several properties and owing the IRS $6.3 million in property taxes.

Now worth around $25 million, Cage is taking roles left and right to help pay off his debts.

As chronicled in CNBC's "The Filthy Rich Guide," here's a glimpse at some of Cage's craziest purchases.

Cage once owned 15 residences, including a $25 million waterfront home in Newport Beach, California, a $15.7 million countryside estate in Newport, Rhode Island, and an $8.5 million abode in Las Vegas, pictured below.

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He also purchased, for $3.4 million, the infamous LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans, known as one of the most haunted houses in America.

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Over in Europe, Cage purchased not one but two castles for $10 million and $2.3 million, respectively.

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$3 million got him a deserted island in the Bahamas.

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He also sprung for a nine-foot-tall burial tomb.

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And even bought shrunken pygmy heads.

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He blew $450,000 on the late shah of Iran's Lamborghini ....

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... and another $150,000 on a pet octopus.

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He spent yet another $150,000 on the first Superman comic.

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Allegedly, Cage also once outbid fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio for a 7-million-year-old dinosaur skull. The $276,000 artifact turned out to be stolen, however, and Cage had to return it to the Mongolian government.

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This is an updated version of a previously published article.

Watch a special marathon of CNBC's "The Filthy Rich Guide" on Saturday, January 20, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST.


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