December 18, 2011

Bidder backs out for crypt above Marilyn Monroe CELEBRITIES

August 25, 2009|Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times

  • The crypt above Marilyn Monroe's was sold by her husband Joe DiMaggio to Richard Poncher in 1954.
    Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press 2001
Los Angeles — 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 Bros. 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.
But several hours after being sent an invoice, he e-mailed Poncher's representative, "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, giving them 24 hours to make an offer. He said if the right offer isn't made, he and Poncher might try to find another way to sell the crypt.

August 10, 2011

Grief and Beauty in Vermont

John Porter Bowman served in the Vermont Hose of Representatives in 1851. He owned a tannery, and became quite wealthy. He married Jennie and they had a daughter named Ella. Sadly, Ella died in 1879, and Jennie followed a year later in 1880. John had skilled masons and stone cutters build a beautiful mausoleum for his wife and daughter. He also had his likeness created in the form of a statue, kneeling near the entrance, holding a key, and a mourning reef. He later had a beautiful Victorian mansion built across from the cemetery. Laurel Hall, built in 1882, was a testament to his wealth and devotion to his family. The cemetery and mansion are now owned by the Laurel Glen Cemetery Association. You can check out beautiful photos of the mansion and mausoleum at: Bowman Mausoleum 1880 Flicker Photo album

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