LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of Marilyn Monroe have won a battle to preserve her mark on Los Angeles and are a step closer to seeing a towering statue of the silver screen icon remain in Palm Springs.

The Los Angeles home where Monroe briefly lived and died in 1962 was declared a historic cultural monument on Wednesday, while a Palm Springs planning commission decision boosted chances that a 26-foot-tall statue called “Forever Marilyn” will stay there.

The historic designation follows a lengthy battle over the home.

The current owners live next door and wanted to raze it.

Their attorney asserts that remodels by 14 previous owners have left nothing reflecting Monroe’s time there.

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