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April 10, 2009

Nic Cage Downsizes Castle Collection

Even the Coppolas have to cut back:
Nic Cage (that's Francis Ford's nephew)
was forced to sell his Bavarian castle.
It was an offer he couldn't refuse
Photo: AP

by Beata Loyfman

We recently blogged about heroic A-Listers doing their parts to boost the economy by spending on lavish destination weddings. Well, this week the news is less good. Word has surfaced that some celebs are actually having to cut back on spending in the wake of the current economic hiccup. Gasp!

For example, poor Nicolas Cage has had to sell his 28-room German castle Schloss Neidstein. Now where will his child bride and son Kal-El stay while in Bavaria? I guess they could make do with their other two castles, including the ace-of-clubs-shaped Midford in Bath. But owning an even number of castles is just unseemly. Perhaps his royalty fees from Knowing will offset this sad financial state.

Thank goodness the economy hasn't slowed down the queen of spending, Mariah Carey. She and child hubby Nick Cannon recently spent $200,000 on chairs at schwanky Kreiss Showrooms on Melrose Avenue. But who can blame them? Can you imagine how many chairs are needed to fill Fleur de Lys, the world's largest mansion, currently on the market for $125 million? Oh, did we mention that Mariah has made an offer on the property? At least she'll finally have enough space for all those shoes.

Further reading:
* Adrien Brody's home is his castle
* Boldface: Celebrity travels


Can I put my shoes in there too?

It's true, owning even numbers of anything is so gauche. Castles, shoes, gloves, helicopters... poor Nic.

$200,000 is that U.S. Currency? Unless those chairs fly and cure cancer, that seems a bit overpriced...

Yes, in fact that cost was $200,000 in US Dollars. The chairs' aerodynamic or healing properties have yet to be proven. But final results of DNA analysis are still pending.
- Beata Loyfman

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