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http://www.nydailynews.com/real_estate/2009/08/25/2009-08-25_winning_bidder_in_ebay_auction_for_marilyn_monroe_.html

Someone just jilted Marilyn Monroe.

An eBay bidder from Japan who offered $4.6 million for the chance to spend eternity on top of the sexy screen siren has backed out.

Beverly Hills widow Elsie Poncher, whose dead husband was laid to rest in the crypt directly above Monroe, put her beloved's valuable vault on the block Aug. 14 to help pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her home.

Bidding started at $500,000 and shot to $4.6 million in three days. Everything seemed to be going so well, until the widow's rep sent an invoice to the winning bidder Monday.

"I am awfully sorry, but I need to cancel this because of the paying problem," the unidentified bidder said in an email, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The widow's rep has since emailed the 11 other bidders who bid at least $4.5 million, giving them 24 hours to submit new offers.

He told the Times that if the right offer isn't made, he and Poncher may try to find another way to sell the crypt.

EBay had been vetting the bidders and cancelled several offers that appeared fraudulent - leaving 21 final bids.

Poncher's late husband was buried face down, looking at Monroe, when he died 23 years ago at age 81, the auction posting revealed.

His 80-year-old widow said her decision to sell the crypt at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park was a practical one.

"I can't be more honest than that," she told the Times. "I want to leave \[my house\] free and clear for my kids."

Richard Poncher bought the crypt from Yankee great Joe DiMaggio during his divorce from Monroe, the widow said.

Poncher wasn't a huge fan of Marilyn at the time, the widow said, but as he lay dying, he made a startling vow.

"He said, "If I croak and you don't put me upside down over Marilyn, I'll haunt you the rest of my life," Elsie Poncher said.

Monroe died of a drug overdose ruled a "probable suicide" at the age of 36 in 1962. The star of "Some Like it Hot," "How to Marry a Millionaire," and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was named the sexiest woman of the 20th century by both Playboy and People magazines.

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Someone just jilted Marilyn Monroe.

An eBay bidder from Japan who offered $4.6 million for the chance to spend eternity on top of the sexy screen siren has backed out.

Beverly Hills widow Elsie Poncher, whose dead husband was laid to rest in the crypt directly above Monroe, put her beloved's valuable vault on the block Aug. 14 to help pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her home.

Bidding started at $500,000 and shot to $4.6 million in three days. Everything seemed to be going so well, until the widow's rep sent an invoice to the winning bidder Monday.

"I am awfully sorry, but I need to cancel this because of the paying problem," the unidentified bidder said in an email, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Do foreigners have to buy EVERYTHING in this country ? He probably backed out when his wife found out. :biggrin:

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