Richard Poncher

Richard Poncher's body is entombed in a crypt directly above Marilyn Monroe at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Cemetery. (August 13, 2009)

WESTWOOD -- The $4.6 million price tag for eternity above Marilyn Monroe is apparently too high for the recent highest bidder.

The crypt above Monroe's sold Monday on eBay for $4,602,100 to someone identified only by the initials "O.S."

That person has backed out of the sale, according to Attorney David Camel.

The starting bid was $500,000 on August 14th and quickly escalated to $1 million dollars in the first couple of days. There were 21 bids.

Camel says he's working with eBay to resolve the outcome of the auction.

The crypt at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park currently holds the remains of Richard Poncher -- the onetime Beverly Hills resident -- who died 23 years ago at the age of 81.

His wife Elsie decided to sell the crypt, once owned by Monroe's former husband, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio, to pay off the $1.6-million mortgage on her 1 3/4 acre Beverly Hills home.

Richard Poncher was an entrepreneur who made a fortune with a variety of electronics firms and once sold surplus U.S. Army airplanes and parts. His wife says he built two bulletproof cars for Al Capone and owned 12 Rolls-Royces in his lifetime.

Elsie said her husband bought the crypt from DiMaggio during his 1954 divorce from Monroe.

Once the sale is completed, Poncher's remains will be moved to a crypt that is currently reserved for Elsie. She says she wants to be cremated.

The cemetery, which is hidden away off Glendon Avenue, is the final resting spot for many celebrities, among them Natalie Wood, Dean Martin, Rodney Dangerfield, Merv Griffin, Mel Torme, Truman Capote and -- most recently -- Farrah Fawcett.

Monroe, though, is the most popular. Admirers leave roses and lipstick marks on the crypt, marked with a simple plaque, "Marilyn Monroe 1926-1962."