According to experts, the relatives of the composer Jerry Herman will not be able to get the desired price for an empty crypt.
The family of the late Broadway composer Jerry Herman put up for sale an unused crypt located next to the remains of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and legendary actress Marilyn Monroe, setting a price of $ 2 million for it, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Located in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where celebrities such as Natalie Wood and Truman Capote are also buried, the granite crypt was purchased in 1997 by theater composer and poet Jerry Herman for $ 75,000. But when Mr. Herman died in 2019, he was buried in New Jersey. His goddaughter Jane Dorian told reporters about this. The family now wants to sell the unused crypt for a starting price of a couple million.
“There is Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, then Jerry’s crypt. He’s next to two of the sexiest people ever alive,” Jane said.
Hugh Hefner bequeathed to bury him next to Marilyn Monroe
According to the woman, the author of the music for the Broadway musicals “Hello Dolly!” The memory corridor “is covered in lipstick kisses from fans. The burial site, which Herman bought, is located two crypts from Monroe, who was buried here in the 1960s, and between them is the crypt of Hugh Hefner, who died in 2017.
Herman bought the crypt after he was diagnosed with HIV. Since at that time he lived in Los Angeles, he had worried in advance about a burial place that would correspond to his status, and forked out for this object. However, with the advent of HIV drugs, his condition improved and he lived to be 88, dying of old age. A few years before his death, he moved to Miami and changed his mind about the need to be buried in Westwood. As a result, he was the composer buried in New Jersey next to his mother in a location overlooking the lights of Broadway.
Los Angeles-based cemetery broker Baron Chu doubts the family will be able to sell the crypt near Monroe for that kind of money. According to him, in California there is no shortage of such locations, but most of the wealthy residents want to be buried next to their relatives. As an example of a protracted sale, he named the site next to Michael Jackson’s grave, for which they ask for $ 80,000, which is significantly lower than the original price announced several years ago.