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Nicholas Cage bought a very expensive skull from a Beverly Hills gallery in March 2007, and the object has since been identified as stolen from a museum in Mongolia. The authorities quickly reacted and Cage has agreed to return the skull that cost him $276,000 to the museum it was stolen from.
A civil forfeiture complaint was filed last week by the office of U.S. attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan to take possession of the skull. While the lawsuit did not specify Cage as the owner, his publicist confirmed that Cage had indeed bought the skull from I.M. Chait. No charges were made against the actor, and according to authorities, Cage was willing to hand over the item as soon as he found out it was stolen.