— BUMCHEEKS (@BUMCHEEKS2) April 13, 2013
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L’HISTOIRE DU JOUR | La délinquance par amour des vedettes ou quand l’adoration mène à la profanation. bit.ly/15gCUVv
— France Info (@franceinfo) March 18, 2013
An interesting article, despite several inaccuracies (see footnotes). Please find following an English translation.
Claude François’* family is going to press charges for vandalism. Located at his famous home at the Dannemois water mill in Essonne (1), the singer’s grave was vandalized Saturday night. When idol worship leads to desecration.
For 25 years, questions remain about who stole Jim Morrison’s bust from his grave in Père Lachaise cemetery. The theft is said to have taken place during the night on May 9, 1988. The story goes that two fans of the Doors’ singer stayed in the cemetery after closing, and then left on a scooter with the 128 kilo sculpture under their arms.
Croatian artist, Mladen Mikulin, sculpted a bust effigy of Jim Morrison for his grave in Père Lachaise cemetery commemorating the 10th anniversary of Jim’s death on 3 July 1981. The bust was stolen in 1988.
Film director and screenwriter, Olivier Chateau, has been researching the history of Jim’s grave for several years and is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. He has graciously provided a very rare document from his collection that sheds some light on the mystery surrounding the stolen bust. Following is the article and photo—as it appeared in the French magazine, Globe*—exposing the two guilty parties. By their own admission.
Photo posted on Twitter by photographer, Kevin Cummins @KCMANC
Rare photos from my archive: 5. Jim Morrison's tomb. Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, France. The bust was stolen http://t.co/Za9DtUsb—
Kevin Cummins (@KCMANC) December 20, 2012
While all Doors fans have at least seen photographs of the incredible white bust before it was stolen, most people don’t know it was the work of a Croatian sculptor, Mladen Mikulin. Indeed, the artist modestly insisted on putting it on the grave unsigned. The photo-monograph was published to mark the 40th anniversary of Morrison’s passing through the gate of death, and is titled, “Mladen Mikulin, The Portraitist of Jim Morrison”. It details, in Croatian and English, all the personal and administrative procedures that Mikulin went through to realize his dream of placing his bust on the grave.