‘Rare’ crypt next to Marilyn Monroe could cost whopping $400K

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS



Here’s your chance to spend eternity with Marilyn Monroe.

A mausoleum crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary in Los Angeles is going on the block in March, according to Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills.

The spot — which can hold a “full body or ashes” — is located in the Corridor of Memories, Wall B, Crypt 3 — one row above and four spaces to the left of the “Some Like It Hot” and “The Seven Year Itch” bombshell.

“It’s the ultimate way to embrace Hollywood’s glamour and history,” gushed Darren Julien, CEO of the auction house.

The opening bid for the crypt is $50,000 and it is expected to fetch as much as $400,000, according to the auction house. 

A one-space mausoleum crypt “in close proximity” to the final resting place of the legendary starlet is expected to fetch $400,000 at auction in March. Some visitors place coins there as a token of respect. Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Monroe died tragically at age 36 on August 4, 1962. Corbis via Getty Images
Among the other show business luminaries interred at Westwood are actors Natalie Wood, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal, Truman Capote, and Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot” co-star Jack Lemmon, a two-time Oscar winner.
Hugh Hefner, who never met Monroe, but put her on the cover of Playboy’s first issue, purchased the crypt to the immediate left of hers in 1992. Julienâs Auctions
A diehard fan from Nicaragua pays his respects at the crypt of Marilyn Monroe. AFP via Getty Images

Monroe died tragically of a drug overdose at age 36 on Aug. 4, 1962.

Her ex-husband and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio organized a private funeral at the cemetery chapel four days later.

The Yankee reportedly chose the location because two women — Grace Goddard and Ana Lower — who had both helped care for Monroe as a young girl when her mother became incapacitated, were buried there.

The spot for sale — which can hold a “full body or ashes” — is located in the Corridor of Memories, Wall B, Crypt 3 — one row above and four spaces to the left of the “Some Like It Hot” and “The Seven Year Itch” bombshell Monroe. Julienâs Auctions
If you have deep pockets, this could be your final resting place. Julienâs Auctions

Hugh Hefner, who famously launched Playboy magazine in 1953 with a nude Monroe on the first cover, was interred in the crypt to the immediate left of hers after his death at 91 in 2017.

In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hefner — who never met the woman who helped turn him into a publishing mogul — discussed his crypt purchase, saying, “Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too sweet to pass up.”

Hef and Marilyn are in good company. Among the other show-biz luminaries eternally resting at Westwood are Natalie Wood; Farrah Fawcett and her husband Ryan O’Neal; Dean Martin; Truman Capote; Walter Matthau, and Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot” co-star Jack Lemmon.

Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary is the final resting place for many celebs. Julienâs Auctions
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park has been described as a “lush and tranquil cemetery” located on 2.5 acres in Los Angeles. Julienâs Auctions
Said Hefner of his crypt purchase: “Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too sweet to pass up.” Julienâs Auctions

“I believe this is a rare opportunity to spend your eternity in the company of Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner,” said the seller, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The crypt is part of the “Hefner, Marilyn and Playboy Archives” auction slated for March 28-March 30, Julien said.



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