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Auction price for crypt above Marilyn Monroe's reaches $4 million

August 24, 2009 |  8:20 am

This piece of real estate in Westwood might not be suffering from the economic downturn.

The crypt above Marilyn Monroe's resting place was placed for sale on EBay for a $500,000 starting price, but the bidding is now up to more than $4 million. Bidding ends today, and 28 people have vied for the crypt. 

Of course with EBay, it's never totally clear whether the bidders are serious about buying. Still, the sale has caught national interest. "Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe," the auction description says.

The crypt belonged to Richard Poncher. The onetime Beverly Hills resident, who died 23 years ago at the age of 81, will be moving out of the crypt above Monroe's resting spot at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery. 

His wife, Elsie, is hoping that he has just a little more to give. She wants to use the money to help pay off the $1.6-million mortgage on her 1 3/4-acre Beverly Hills home.

"I can't be more honest than that," she told The Times. "I want to leave it free and clear for my kids."

With $500,000 bidding start price, the crypt is -- on a per-square-foot basis -- one of the most expensive pieces of real estate on the market.

-- Shelby Grad