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Photo of Jim Morrision's gravesite featuring the headstone (with bust) was taken at Pere Lachaise cemetary in Paris using a Canon sureshot. Original negative has been scanned using an Epsom V500 scanner.

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The bust of Jim Morrison (pictured above) by Croation sculptur Mladen Mikulin was placed at the Pere Lachaise Cemetary gravesite in 1981 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Morrison's death.

The bust remained at the grave until March 1988, when it was stolen without a trace - by then, the gravesite had become covered in graffiti. Cemetery staff subsequently cordoned off the plot with metal barricades a few years ago, and numerous other tombstones, vandalized with arrows labeled "Jim" that directed the way to the grave, have since been wiped clean.

Mikulin later made the new bust of Jim Morrison (in bronze or in marble, I'm not sure), but unfortunately he didn't receive the license to place a new bust on the tomb.

Excerpt from forum.johndensmore.com and www.time.com
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JIM MORRISON'S GRAVESITE

The Doors singer died from a suspected drugs overdose 37 years ago in Paris, aged just 27, and was buried in the city's famous Pere Lachaise graveyard.

The tomb has now become a hang-out for fans of Morrison, and thousands make the pilgrimage each year to honour their hero.

Over the years it has become a shrine covered in graffiti, poems, flowers, candles, alcohol and even underwear.

Many of the fans spend hours at the grave, smoking drugs, singing and playing musical instruments. Some have even defaced other tombstones with arrows which point out the direction of Morrison's final resting place.

For years their presence has angered the relatives of other people buried in the cemetery.

French authorities first tried to exhume the singer's body and have his tomb removed to another site, but discovered it has been leased in perpetuity.

So instead, they have opted to have a regular security patrol to safeguard the other graves from vandals.

Florida-born Morrison battled for years with drug addiction before he was found dead in the bath by his lover at a hotel in the French capital in July 1971.

He was buried at Pere Lachaise alongside many other famous names, including Oscar Wilde, Chopin, novelist Honoré de Balzac, actress Sarah Bernhardt and singer Edith Piaf.

Excerpt from www.telegraph.co.uk

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PERE LACHAISE CEMETARY

Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, and one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.

Located in the 20th arrondissement, it is reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years. It is also the site of three World War I memorials.

Père Lachaise is located on Boulevard de Ménilmontant. Métro station Philippe Auguste on line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station called Père Lachaise, on line 3, is 500 metres away near a side entrance. Many tourists prefer the Gambetta station on line 3 as it allows them to enter near the tomb of Oscar Wilde and then walk downhill to visit the rest of the cemetery.

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  • Copyright: Kevin KL (kk_wpg) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 88] (361)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1986-06-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 0:03
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