It’s the most well-liked grave plot since . . . nicely, ever.
The residing are actually invited to stake their declare on a remaining resting place subsequent to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner — for the once-in-a-lifetime (and afterlife) value of $2 million.
The crypt adjoining to the place the 2 intercourse symbols lie belonged to Broadway composer Jerry Herman on the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Herman, finest recognized for his work in “Hey, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” purchased the tomb in 1997. When he died in 2019, the late musician as an alternative was laid to relaxation subsequent to his mom in New Jersey.
His surviving relations are actually promoting the famed LA plot.
“There’s Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, then Jerry’s [grave],” Herman’s goddaughter Jane Dorian advised the Wall Avenue Journal not too long ago. “He’s subsequent to the 2 sexiest those that had been ever alive.”
The LA mausoleum additionally holds the stays of various different icons of Tinsel City, together with Natalie Wooden, Dean Martin, Farrah Fawcett, and Truman Capote.
The creator of Playboy journal reportedly paid $75,000 for his spot to the left of “Some Like It Sizzling” star Monroe, who died prematurely in 1962, earlier than his personal loss of life in 2017.
On Monroe’s proper is a vault that after belonged to Hollywood memorabilia collector Tom Gregory, who initially bought the coveted crypt for $350,000 — then flipped it in 2014 for $699,000.
The best bid ever recorded for a spot on the nation’s costliest graveyard was for a whopping $4.6 million, listed by Elizabeth Poncher. Her late husband, businessman Richard Poncher, who died in 1986, was a Monroe fanatic and bought the plot above the blond bombshell after an opportunity assembly with the starlet’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio.
“He mentioned, ‘If I croak if you happen to don’t put me the other way up over Marilyn, I’ll hang out with you the remainder of my life,’ ” Elizabeth advised the LA Instances, who interviewed her concerning the public sale, in 2009. “I used to be standing proper there, and [the mortician] turned him over.”
When Elizabeth fell on arduous occasions, she determined to place her husband’s prime vault up for public sale on eBay for $500,000 — finally topping out at $4.6 million. Sadly for Mrs. Poncher, that sale — together with quite a few prior bids — all fell via. Each pincher is nonetheless buried at Westwood Memorial’s Hall of Recollections.
“It goes again to the adage: location, location, location,” mentioned Dorian.