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Some celebrities buy large houses, some buy private islands, but Kim Basinger puts them all to shame, because she buys whole towns. You wouldn't think it would be possible to buy an entire town, but as it turns out it is, and it only cost her (and her silent partner) a cool $20 million.

Braselton, sited around 50 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, was named for the original owner of the land, Harrison Braselton. In the 113 years since then the town grew, and his descendants didn't sell any of it. However, come 1989, the remaining Braseltons were getting too old to run the town any longer, so they put it up for sale, and Basinger put in an offer. The original scheme was to turn Braselton into a tourist attraction and film studio, which would have brought a much needed boost to the local economy. But when Kim Basinger came to Braselton, she brought her problems with her. She was sued in 1993 for walking out on a movie, and was subsequently forced to sell the town for a huge loss. In hindsight, the residents of Braselton would probably agree that having their town owned by a flighty actress was not, in fact, the boon they thought it might be.

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