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eBay Auction reached $4.6 Million Dollars
People will spend a lot of money to live near the rich and famous. For the dead and famous, arguably no neighborhood is more desirable than the mausoleum at the Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles. Among the many stars resting there is the iconic Marilyn Monroe, and the crypt directly above hers was recently auctioned on eBay. A Japanese man bid more than $4.6 million to spend eternity as Monroe's upstairs neighbor. But the Los Angeles Times reports that he reneged on the deal in an e-mail, saying, "I need to cancel this because of the paying problem." The current occupant of the crypt is Richard Poncher, who died 23 years ago at the age of 81. In accordance with his wishes, he was entombed face down, above the movie star. His widow, Elsie Poncher, wants to sell his crypt to pay off the mortgage on her house. She'll then move him into an adjacent crypt that she owns. Poncher's attorney told NPR that the next step depends on what they hear from eBay about the qualifications of bidders. A dozen people bid for the space above Monroe. The tomb right next to Monroe's is owned by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. 

Story from www.npr.org

Submitted by:  Ghoststudy

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  Ghoststudy comments:

The below statement was taken from the actual eBay auction. Apparently the buyer reneged on the deal so it seems that eBay will need to contact previous bidders for the payment.

On Aug-18-09 at 21:47:40 PDT, seller added the following information: Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe.  This crypt in the famous Westwood Cemetery in West Los Angeles currently occupied above Marilyn Monroe is being vacated so as to make room for a new resident. "Spending Eternity next to Marilyn Monroe is too sweet to pass up", recently quoted by Hugh Hefner, who has reserved his place in eternity next to her.  The lucky bidder will be deeded a piece of real estate that he or she will make their last address. And below will be Marilyn Monroe.  In fact the person occupying the address right now is looking face down on her. 

Upon the receipt of Good Funds the money will be held in a third party tust account (or escrow) unitil crypt is available and grant deed is issued to the buyer.  Funds will only be released to the seller when buyer receives a a grant deed executed by the seller. Seller warrants the authenticity of the grant deed.  Seller is responsible for all costs and transfer fees associated with the transaction and the costs to delver the vacant crypt

The other well known celebrities sharing their eternal resting place right with Marilyn include:

  • Dean Martin                 Farrah Fawcett  
  • Natalie Wood               Peggy Lee
  • Donna Reed                 Mel Torme
  • Roy Orbison                 George C. Scott
  • Carroll O'Connor           Burt Lancaster
  • Jack Lemon                 Eve Arden
  • Walter Matthau            Dorothy Stratten
  • Don Knotts                  Daryl F. Zanuck
  • Eddie Albert                Cornel Wilder
  • Bob Crane                   Richard Conte
  • Richard Basehart         Sammy Cahn
  • Frank Zappa                Lew Ayres
  • Jim Backus                 Sebastion Cabot
  • Minnie Ripperton          Billy Wilder
  • John Cassavavetes       Fanny Brice
  • Rodney Dangerfield      Robert Stack
  • Merv Griffin                  Carl Wilson


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