Celebrities have a lot of money; that's part of the reason they're famous. And with great money comes great spending power. Here are some of the weirdest things famous people have ever bought or owned.
1. Flavor Flav owns a statue of O.J. Simpson.
If you watched American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, you probably noticed a statue in O.J.'s backyard that he had made, of himself. (Of course, in the show, the statue is made to look like Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrayed O.J. Simpson.) In 1999, when O.J. went bankrupt and his possessions were auctioned off, the statue was bought by radio host Mancow Muller for $3,250 (why?). Muller later gave the statue to rapper/reality star/clock-wearer Flavor Flav, who still has it. Flav says he tried get O.J. to take the statue back, but Simpson allegedly said, "If I did they would just take it away again." Okay, O.J., nobody feels bad for you.
2. Lady Gaga bought a $50,000 ghost detection machine.
Lady Gaga's fear of a ghost named Ryan has been well-documented. A source close to Gaga told Glamour: "She believes in paranormal activity and won't take any risks when she is on the road. It's important to her to be safe from spirits." One step she's taken to ensure her safety is a $47,000 state-of-the-art Electro Magnetic Field detecting machine to identify any ghosts. It's not clear what Ryan the Ghost wants from the pop singer, but if it costs about $50,000, he could probably just ask her and get it no problem.
3. Kim Basinger bought a whole town in Georgia.
In 1989, Kim Basinger bought Braselton, Georgia, for $20 million, hoping to turn the town into a tourist attraction with movie studios and a film festival. Well, that didn't quite pan out, and in 1993, she sold the town for $1 million and declared bankruptcy.
4. Nicolas Cage bought a haunted mansion in New Orleans.
Because of course he did. There could be an entire post dedicated to weird, expensive things Nicolas Cage has bought: two albino cobras, an octopus, a Gulfstream jet, $276,000 dinosaur skull, a private island, and a comic book collection valued at $1.6 million, among other things. But one of the absolute strangest things he's bought was a (supposedly) haunted mansion in New Orleans. The house was originally owned by Delphine LaLaurie, who famously tortured and killed slaves in the attic. This is the same house featured in American Horror Story: Coven. Cage purchased the house in 2006 for $3,450,000, but lost it due to foreclosure in 2009.
5. Paris Hilton paid $325,000 for a dog house.
But not just any dog house—this house was modeled on her own mansion, because why be creative when you can be narcissistic? It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that the two-story dog house for her approximately 5,000 dogs has air conditioning, access to the pool, leather chairs, and a chandelier.
6. Mike Tyson bought a solid gold bathtub.
Mike Tyson went on a bit of a spending spree when he was in his prime (hi, he bought two white tiger cubs) but nothing tops the solid gold bathtub for which he spent $2 million. He bought the bathtub for his then-wife Robin Givens, who, in an interview with Barbara Walters, would later describe her relationship with Tyson as "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine." So yup, sounds like the bathtub did the trick.
7. Beyoncé bought an $85,000 diamond-encrusted Barbie.
Not for herself, haha, that would be crazy! No, she bought the special $85,000 Barbie doll for her then one-year-old child, Blue Ivy. The customized doll reportedly includes 160 diamond gems. What will Blue Ivy get for her fifth birthday? The Taj Mahal.
8. Tom Cruise spent $200,000 on a sonogram machine.
Ah, remember Crazy Cruise the couch-jumping mad man? Good times. When his wife Katie was pregnant with daughter Suri, Cruise acted like a slightly overprotective dad-to-be and actually purchased a sonogram machine for their home. Did he know how to use it? Probably not, but that's not important when the health and safety of a tiny future Scientologist is concerned.
9. Kanye West bought 10 Burger Kings in Europe.
Kanye West bought his now-wife Kim Kardashian 10 Burger Kings in Europe (France, England, and Italy) as a wedding present. Why? Because he's Kanye West, that's why.
10. David Beckham bought his wife Victoria a $1.8 million vibrator.
Soccer star David Beckham bought his wife Victoria a $1.8 million sex toy while she was pregnant. Honestly, she just wanted some ice cream, but fine. The vibrator is platinum with a 10-carat diamond-encrusted base linked to a 16-carat diamond necklace. There were only 10 ever made, which is odd, because you'd think a necklace with a huge vibrator attached to it that costs almost $2 million would be a hot item. Nothing sexier or more comfortable than masturbating with an object that costs more than most people will make in their lifetimes.