7 Celebrities & Their Surprising Collections

Some celebrities are more eccentric than others. The same goes for their collections.

Nov 5, 2019By Alexandra Doyle, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



People love to say that celebrities are just like us, but you have to admit that you have never been tempted to collect taxidermied animals, McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, or– brace yourself– coat hangers.

Read on to find out which celebrities hoard these and other unusual items, and take a moment to consider which unusual items you might develop a penchant for, if you had as much disposable income as these A-listers.


1. Amanda Seyfried’s Taxidermy Collection

Amanda Seyfried with her Taxidermy Collection, via InStyle


Taxidermy goes hand in hand with hunting lodges and stuffy restaurants filled with elderly gentleman, not a beautiful actress living in a luxurious home in the Catskills.

Amanda Seyfried confessed her fascination with taxidermy during an appearance on Conan, saying that she saw a taxidermy display in Paris and decided on the spot to develop her own menagerie of stuffed animals. One of her favorite pieces is a miniature horse, but she also has a collection of owls and much more.


2. Rosie O’Donnell’s 2,500 Happy Meal Toys

Rosie O’Donnell, photo by Sundholm Magnus/Action Press/REX/Shutterstock; with MacDonald’s Happy Meal Toys, via GoCollect


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Although she doesn’t seem to have spoken publicly about her collection recently, Rosie O’Donnell apparently has at least 2,500 toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals, a collection she started in the 1980’s when she was touring the U.S. as a stand-up comedian.

In 1996, McDonald’s sent the actress the entire set of its 101 Dalmatians toys, an enthralling experience for the collector. The last public count of her Happy Meal toys was in 1997, so she could have amassed many more in 22 years. She also collects other vintage and unusual toys.


3. Demi Moore’s (Creepy, Probably Haunted) Doll Collection

Demi Moore, via Wikimedia Commons


Demi Moore collects antique dolls, having approximately 2,000 in her home. She has the collection insured, too– at the cost of $2 million, according to Radar Online.

Supposedly she kept some in the bedroom she shared with ex-husband Ashton Kutcher, who told Conan O’Brien in 2009 that the dolls really affected the bedroom mood.


4. Tom Hanks’ Typewriter Collection

Tom Hanks with one of his typewriters, via CBS News


In 1973, an obstinate typewriter repairman refused to repair Tom Hanks’ plastic typewriter from his childhood, calling it worthless and instead selling him a Hermes 2000 typewriter that began one of the most famous celebrity collections of our time.

Now, the actor has over 100 vintage and rare typewriters, and his collection has changed dramatically over the years as he’s bought and sold them. It’s unsurprising that he collects the machines, considering his secondary career as a writer.

His 2017 book Uncommon Type is a collection of short stories, each of which features a typewriter.


5. Penelope Cruz’s Coat Hanger Collection

Penelope Cruz, via Wikimedia Commons


Are they used to hang clothes, or are they just displayed in her home? Nobody but Penelope Cruz knows for sure, but she apparently has over 500 different kinds of coat hangers, and none of them are made of wire, according to the celebrity.


6. Reese Witherspoon’s Linen and Embroidery Collection

Reese Witherspoon, via IMDB


To be filed under: things that surprise nobody. Reese Witherspoon, an all-around wholesome and angelic actress, reportedly collects antique linen and ornate vintage embroidery, which not only seems totally on-brand, but is just unique enough to pique our interest.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t discussed her collection much publicly, so it’s hard to say how extensive her linen closet actually is.


7. Nicole Kidman’s Coin Collection

Nicole Kidman, via IMDB


Nicole Kidman is a classic collector of coins. Her collection is reportedly focused on Judean coins from the fourth century B.C.E., but more details about it aren’t publicly available. With the $1 million per episode she’s making from HBO’s Big Little Lies, we bet she’s put some of that enormous paycheck into her coin collection. 


Celebrities and Their Surprising Collections: Honorable Mentions

Michael Jordan


It turns out that having a lot of money can lead to some pretty impressive collections.

Angelina Jolie has an extensive knife collection, while Claudia Schiffer collects desiccated insects. Quentin Tarantino, quirky as always, has a board game collection consisting of pop-culture games, and Shaquille O’Neal loves to purchase anything Superman-themed.

Several celebrities adore model trains, including Tom Hanks, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jordan, and Neil Young, while many others have extensive fine art collections, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Barbra Streisand, who launched an entire tour just to save up for a Modigliani.

Where would you fall on the celebrity collector spectrum– are you more into non-wire coat hangers or vintage typewriters? Let us know what you’d collect if money wasn’t holding you back!

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By Alexandra DoyleDoctor of Musical Arts (DMA)Alexandra is a writer in Cincinnati, where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is a native Houstonian, and she earned bachelor’s degrees in both clarinet performance and journalism from the University of Houston.