It certainly appears a scene straight out of his movie rather than a real-life incident.
Actor Nicolas Cage has allegedly decided to give back the dinosaur skull, he once owned after it was revealed that the cranium of the great beast had landed illegally on the shores of US from Mongolia.
A civil complaint desired to get the skull back, filed by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, was unsealed just last week.
Cage had bought the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull from Beverly Hills, California, gallery I.M. Chait in March 2007 for $276,000 (about £186,030, AUS $380,945).
The actor, who was offered a certificate of authenticity from the gallery, as per his publicist, Alex Schack, was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security in July 2014, when he was passed on the information that the skull may have been stolen.
“Cultural artifacts such as this bataar skull represent a part of Mongolian national cultural heritage,” Glenn Sorge, acting special agent-in-charge of the New York office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement: “It belongs to the people of Mongolia. These priceless antiquities are not souvenirs to be sold to private collectors or hobbyists.”
The Tyrannosaurus bataar (also known as Tarbosaurus bataar) was the last recognized dinosaurs who survived on Earth when they used to roam the Gobi desert in Mongolia during the Late Cretaceous Period, which existed about 66 million years ago.
It grew dramatically to about 40 feet in length and weighed up to 6 tons.
Cage stamped his authority over the skull by bidding higher than Leonardo DiCaprio in 2007, according to Reuters.
Its loss will definitely be a slump in Cage’s collection, but the actor still possesses a few treasures to boast about as he has a reputation of collecting variety of things.
Cage also experienced a time when a comic featuring first appearance of Superman was stolen from his house in 2000 and could only be recovered in April, 2011 when it was dumped in an abandoned storage locker.
He went on to sell an Action Comics No. 1 in 2011 for a whopping $2.1 million.
Well, such is fate as we all know.
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