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Crypt Atop Marilyn Monroe Still For Sale

From the never prurient Los Angeles Times:

Bids pour in, and out, for crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s

A party from Japan withdraws a $4.6-million bid on EBay to take Richard Poncher’s spot at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Other top bidders have 24 hours to submit new offers.

By Jeff Gottlieb

August 25, 2009

It was a day of ups and downs when the online bidding ended Monday for the crypt above Marilyn Monroe.

Elsie Poncher, whose husband Richard Poncher is entombed in the crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, said she wanted to sell it to pay off the more than $1-million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home.

A bidder from Japan appeared to be the winner of the EBay auction, with an offer of $4,602,100 — $100 more than the next highest bid.

But several hours after being sent an invoice, the bidder e-mailed Poncher’s representative saying, "I am awfully sorry, but I need to cancel this because of the paying problem."

Steve Miller, a mortgage broker and banker who is representing Poncher, said he had e-mailed the 11 other bidders who offered at least $4.5 million for the crypt, giving them 24 hours to make an offer. He said that if the right offer isn’t made, he and Poncher may try to find another way to sell the crypt…

Richard Poncher bought the one above Monroe, where he is — for the moment — entombed, and one next to it, where his widow was to one day spend eternity…

Elsie Poncher, who is in her 70s, plans to move her husband’s remains to the crypt designated for her, and when the time comes, she’ll be cremated. She said that when her husband was dying, he made a request. "He said, ‘If I croak, if you don’t put me upside down over Marilyn, I’ll haunt you the rest of my life.’"

After the funeral, Poncher said, she conveyed her husband’s wish to the funeral director. "I was standing right there, and he turned him over," she said

No one from EBay could be reached for comment Monday night. Miller said EBay had been vetting the bidders and had cancelled several offers it considered bogus.

The bidding started at $500,000 on Aug. 14, escalated to $1 million two days later and then to more than $4.5 million Aug. 17. There were 21 bids. The closing bid would have made the crypt one of the most expensive items ever sold on EBay. In 2001, a Gulfstream II jet went for $4.9 million, according to the online auction site…

This story is now a couple of days old. But for several reasons it still seems timely.

Especially the part about the current occupant being entombed face down.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Crypt Atop Marilyn Monroe Still For Sale”

  1. proreason says:

    Did Teddy try to do Marilyn too? It seems to fit the family pattern.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      A Kennedy man would want to be interred buns up for sure.

      Never the less, may he rest in peace.

      (I typoed “interned”, which was fraudian I’m sure).

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “A bidder from Japan appeared to be the winner of the EBay auction, with an offer of $4,602,100”

    “The bidding started at $500,000 on Aug. 14, escalated to $1 million two days later and then to more than $4.5 million Aug. 17. There were 21 bids.”

    Proof .. that some folks (at least 21 of them) have far too much time and money on their hands.


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