Crypt Above Monroe's Sells for $4.6M

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2009 7:00 PM CDT
An anonymous bidder spent $4.6 million to buy the crypt above Marilyn Monroe at a Los Angeles Cemetery.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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(Newser) – An anonymous bidder paid more than $4.6 million to win an online auction for the crypt directly above the actress' final resting spot at a Los Angeles cemetery. Bidding started at $500,000 on Aug 14. The final bid was $4,602,100. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the seller was Elsie Poncher, who was putting her late husband's crypt up for auction to help pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home.

Poncher told the newspaper that her husband, Richard Poncher, bought the crypt from Monroe's former husband, Joe DiMaggio, during his 1954 divorce from Monroe. Her husband died 23 years ago at 81. A message left for Poncher was not returned.