I came across this news on Reuters yesterday. It is another proof that you can sell almost anything on Ebay.
An American widow sold her husband’s burial crypt directly on top of film legend Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place for $4.6 Million dollars.
Elsie Poncher sold the crypt in Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her Beverley Hills home. The cemetery is home to legends such as Dean Martin, James Coburn, Ray Orbison, Truman Capote and the recent arrival Farrah Fawcett. Elsie’s husband Richard Poncher bought the crypt from baseball star Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn’s ex-husband, as the famous couple was divorcing in 1954.
Monroe died at age 36 in 1962 and Richard Poncher died in 1986 at the age of 81. Richard’s body was positioned to allow him to look “face down” on Monroe. Elsie plans to move her husband’s remains over one spot to a crypt that had been intended as her own final resting place as she wants to be cremated when she dies.
Elsie listed the crypt on eBay at a starting bid of $500,000 and the listing description stated ” Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe”. It attracted 21 bids when it closed on 24th August 2009 with a winning bid of $4.6 million. The winning bid came from an unidentified person from Japan but this person pulled out of the deal. Elsie’s attorney, David Camel, is currently going through the bids to find a qualified buyer.
Isn’t that incredible?