- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tales from the crypt

The nation’s real estate market may be suffering from an economic downturn, but one location in Los Angeles is not.

The crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s resting place was put on sale on eBay for a $500,000 starting price, but the bidding has gone up to more than $4 million. Bidding was scheduled to end Monday, and by midday, 28 people were vying for the crypt, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Of course with eBay, it’s never clear whether the bidders are serious about buying. Still, the sale has caught national interest.

The crypt belonged to Richard Poncher. The one-time Beverly Hills resident, who died 23 years ago at age 81, will be moved out of the crypt above Miss Monroe’s resting spot at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery.

His wife, Elsie, is hoping 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 1¾-acre Beverly Hills home.

Miss Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962, at age 36.

Kiss and sue

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent has sued the band several times since he left the group in 1984 — but this time he’s thrown a cable network into the mix.

Mr. Vincent, 57, is suing the band, along with A&E Television Networks, for using his image without his permission, TMZ.com reports.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports



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