Have you been following the auction on eBay where the woman was trying to sell the crypt above Marilyn Monroe so she could pay off her mortgage? Well, it ended yesterday and the winning bid was $4.6M. That's right. Someone was willing to pay many millions of dollars just so their coffin could be on top of Marilyn's coffin for all eternity. Oh, or until their family member needs a couple of bucks.
The way the story goes is this. Back in the day when Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn were married, they bought burial spots on top of each other. I guess maybe people did that back then or it was an additional place people could register for wedding gifts. Anyway, when Joe and Marilyn were divorcing I guess Joe didn't want anything to do with her ever again and sold his spot to Elsie Poncher's husband who also bought the one diagonal to Marilyn for his wife. Eternal 3some anyone?
Marilyn died and then Elsie's husband died at the age of 81 back in 1986. It is now 23 years later so I'm guessing Elsie's husband liked them young, or Elsie is really, really old.
Elsie's husband's body is face down so he can stare at Marilyn. He will now be moved to the diagonal spot, and Elsie will be cremated when she dies.
So, if you are the family of the person who just bought this crypt, aren't you going to sell the spot immediately after the person dies? You think they would respect the wishes of the dead, but someone is going to respect almost $5M a lot more.
A reader named Sue e-mailed me an interesting theory as to who the winning bidder was. Back in 2007, Howard K Stern looked into the possibility of Anna Nicole Smith being buried next to Marilyn but couldn't convince anyone to move. Maybe her Estate bought the spot and now it will be Anna, Marilyn and Hef (spot next to Marilyn) with Elsie's husband watching it all.