9 Wild Celebrity Collections: Does Johnny Depp Really Collect Insects?

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Sure, collecting is a pretty common hobby. Lots of people collect coins or stamps or even trading cards. But celebrities, with their inflated resources and money, can go above and beyond when accumulating their favorite things. We’ve found a few examples of stars’ interesting collections, from macabre to childlike to just plain weird.

Jay Leno – Cars

Talk show host and comedian Jay Leno stands next to a Chrystler Turbine at Jay's Garage in Burbank, CA

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Leno is famous for his serious car collection and even has a popular CNBC show called Jay Leno’s Garage where he shows off some of his carefully handpicked cars. The collection (as of 2018) consists of around 169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles.

Rod Stewart – Trains

British rock singer Rod Stewart performing in New York, 1981. His T-shirt slogan reads: 'Cruel, But Fair'. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Almost the entire third floor of Stewart’s L.A. home is devoted to his 1,500-square-foot model train set, which features a big city of skyscrapers inspired by New York City in the 1940s. The set is said to have over 100 structures, some more than 5 feet tall. Railroad Modeller Magazine featured it in their December 2019 issue and since then Sir Rod Stewart has spent 10 months relocating it to his home in the UK.

Nicolas Cage – Comic Books

Cage is a giant comic book fan, taking his stage name from the Marvel superhero Luke Cage (he also named his son Kal-El after DC Comics’ Superman) and was known to hold one of the rarest comics of all, the Action Comics No. 1. Sadly this issue and much of his collection were stolen in 2011. Although the 9.0 graded Action Comics No. 1 was recovered and sold at auction for 2.1 million dollars the rest of the collection is still missing and had this to say about it in April of 2022

Penelope Cruz – Coat Hangers

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Penélope Cruz attends the red carpet at the Goya Awards 2024 at Feria de Valladolid on February 10, 2024 in Valladolid, Spain.

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Cruz is said to have over 500 hangers in her collection, with a notable exception — the actress hates wire hangers and refuses to keep them in her house! It’s unknown whether Cruz actually hangs her clothes on them, or if they’re in a special place of their own.

Elton John – Glasses

British singer-songwriter Elton John wearing a pair of his flamboyant trademark spectacles, 12th September 1974.

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In 2010, John told BBC Radio, “I do have a quarter of a million pairs of glasses.” No image of Elton John is complete without him wearing one of his signature sets of shades — the more colorful, the better!

Johnny Depp – Insects

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 02: Johnny Depp poses in the portrait studio during the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023 on December 02, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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In an early interview, Depp claimed his interest in bugs started with him reading the Kafka classic The Metamorphosis and relating to the main character. Not only does Depp collect insects of all types, but he also collects limited-edition Barbies, rare books and animal skeletons!

Tom Hanks – Typewriters


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Hanks owns a variety of vintage manual typewriters and is known to take one with him while traveling. He uses them to write letters, wrote a book of short stories that all feature typewriters (appropriately titled Uncommon Type) and even created an app, the Hanx Writer, which simulates writing on a typewriter. He also appears in the documentary California Typewriter (pictured below).

Demi Moore – Dolls

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Moore is said to have amassed thousands of vintage dolls, a collection that started with then-husband Bruce Willis gifting her the very first one. She reportedly keeps them in their very own full-size house.

Jane Seymour – Costumes

DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, Jane Seymour, 1993-1998.

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“I’m the only actress that I can think of who had in her contract that she could keep the costume,” Seymour shared in an interview. “So, I have costumes from almost everything I’ve ever done. I have all the best Dr. Quinn costumes right here in my closet, including some of Sully’s pieces, and I have costumes going back to The Sun Also Rises, which I did way back. Karl Lagerfeld personally designed and created four dresses for that through the house of Chanel. I even have the waistcoat that Christopher Reeve gave me that had the penny in it in Somewhere in Time.”

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