Plots near jazz greats are hot real estate at Woodlawn Cemetery

Plots near jazz greats are hot real estate at Woodlawn Cemetery

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Fans of jazz legend Duke Ellington have been known to visit his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. But some would prefer to spend an eternity with him -- literally. And they can by being buried in this section of the cemetery called Jazz Corner.

Susan Olsen, historian for Woodlawn Cemetery, said that the "perpetual request at Woodlawn is to be as close to Duke as possible." She gave Fox 5 a tour of where some of the greats are buried. She said the demand to be near Jazz Corner the cemetery prompted the development a new section of land to meet demand.

Cemeteries like Woodlawn are making it easier than ever to find out where celebs are buried through maps and even apps. For example, it will take you her to Celia Cruz's mausoleum and then you can even click of a video of her to hear her music.

It's not just star musicians that people want to be close to. Moby Dick author Herman Melville's tomb has made that area of the cemetery a hot piece of real estate as has newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer of the eponymous literary prize.

And while all plots at Woodlawn are priced the same regardless of who the neighbors are, elsewhere being near a celebrity's final resting place has commanded big bucks.

In 2009, a California widow sold her husband's crypt right above Marilyn Monroe's for a reported $4.6 million on eBay.

Olsen said she hasn't heard of any local bidding wars of that stature in New York, but said she doesn't expect demand for plots near the stars to diminish anytime soon.

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