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Woman Pawns Eternity with Marilyn Monroe

Anyone interested in spending eternity with Marilyn Monroe may get a shot at doing so if they have at least $500,000 burning a hole in their pocket.

A Beverly Hills woman whose late husband resides in the crypt above Monroe's is selling the space in order to pay off her million-dollar mortgage, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Elsie Poncher, whose husband, Richard, purchased the crypt from Monroe's ex-husband and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in 1954 when the star couple divorced, she told the Times.

Poncher plans to start bidding on the crypt at $500,000 on eBay, she said. Her mortgage on her Beverly Hills home stands at $1.6 million. "I can't be more honest than that. I want to leave it free and clear for my kids," Poncher said of her motivation for selling her husband's soon-to-be former resting place.

Whoever does win the crypt may also end up with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner as a neighbor, who bought the spot next to Monroe's in 1992 for $75,000, the Times notes.

"I'm a believer in things symbolic," Hefner said. "Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up."