Nicolas Cage will return a dinosaur skull he bought at an auction after it was discovered that it was actual stolen property.
The 51-year-old actor purchased the fossil at an auction in March 2007 and he has a certificate of authenticity from the auction company.
Nicolas‘ reps were “contacted in/around July 2014 by US Dept of Homeland Security and informed that, based on an ongoing multi-year investigation, they believed that the fossil [he] purchased may have been illegally smuggled into the US from Mongolia,” his publicist told JustJared.com.
After it was determined “by the Dept of Homeland Security and the US Attorney’s Office that the fossil was indeed illegally smuggled into the US and rightfully belongs to the Government of Mongolia, [Nicolas] agreed to transfer possession of the fossil to the Dept. of Homeland Security,” the rep continued.