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.