Sale falls through on crypt above Marilyn Monroe

LOS ANGELES Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:18pm EDT

The crypts of Marilyn Monroe (bottom L) and Richard Poncher (top L) are pictured at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Westwood, California August 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The crypts of Marilyn Monroe (bottom L) and Richard Poncher (top L) are pictured at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Westwood, California August 17, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A $4.6 million bid submitted through online auctioneer eBay Inc for the crypt on top of Marilyn Monroe's final resting place fell through, an attorney for the seller said on Tuesday.

David Camel, an attorney for Elsie Poncher, who is selling her husband's crypt in a celebrity-heavy Los Angeles cemetery, said he is going through the bids to find one that qualifies.

Bidding closed on Monday, with the winning offer coming from Japan. The unidentified person then pulled out, Camel said.

To pay off the mortgage on her Beverly Hills home, Poncher is selling the crypt of her husband, who died in 1986, and will move him to an adjacent crypt intended for her.

The crypt is located at the Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery, home to such celebrities as Dean Martin, James Coburn, Roy Orbison, Truman Capote, Natalie Wood, Carl Wilson, Minnie Riperton and recent arrival Farrah Fawcett.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Dean Goodman)

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