It looked like Elsie Poncher had found someone to take her husband's place in a crypt above Marilyn Monroe.
But Poncher's representatives received a note from the bidder after they sent the party an invoice, according to the LA Times. The note said, "I am awfully sorry, but I need to cancel this because of the paying problem," the Times reported.
A representative for Poncher told the Times he e-mailed 11 other bidders who offered at least $4.5 million. They had 24 hours to submit new bids.
Poncher, is a widow whose late husband bought the crypt from Joe DiMaggio during his 1954 divorce from Marilyn Monroe. Mrs. Poncher is moving her husband -- who has been buried face down above Marilyn since 1986 (a deathbed request) -- and selling the crypt to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her nearly two-acre Beverly Hills home.
Perks of ownership for the future resident include a steady flow of visitors, many of whom leave flowers and plant bright red lipstick kisses on Marilyn’s name plate. Plus, a neighborhood full of Hollywood heavyweights: Westwood Village Memorial Park is also resting place of Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and, most recently, Farrah Fawcett.
In 1992, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner paid $75,000 for a crypt next to Monroe.
Bidding started Aug. 14 at $500,000.