Marilyn Monroe-Adjacent Crypt A Dead End
The saga of the crypt above Marilyn Monroe's resting place in Westwood added a new chapter over the weekend when it was revealed that zero bidders weighed in on the auction for the spot, which was valued at more than $500,000.
Widow Elsie Poncher wanted to sell the crypt that is the site of her husband's resting place in order to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home. Her husband purchased the spot from Joe DiMaggio after the baseball great and the actress divorced. Fred Poncher's body has been there for 23 years but, pending a sale, Elsie Poncher planned to move it.
But selling the crypt by Halloween turned out to be a cursed proposition. In August, another eBay-auction attempt failed when a Japanese man who had pledged $4.6 million to buy it was unable to follow through with the money.
Interestingly Fred Poncher might just be having the last word. He's quoted as telling his wife, "If I croak and you don't put me upside down over Marilyn, I'll haunt you the rest of my life." The prospect of $4.6 million falling through Elsie Poncher's fingers must be haunting indeed.