Oscar Wilde died in a Left Bank hotel room in 1900 and - with a slight detour to the Cimetière de Bagneux - was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery on the north side of Paris. From the start, the tomb was embroiled in controversy. French customs officials refused to consider Jacob Epstein's 20-ton "Winged Demon-Angel" art and imposed a hefty duty based on the value of the stone. Then Paris authorities threw a tarp over the demon-angel's monumental nakedness, and subsequently someone covered the brass testicles with globs of plaster because they were considered too large. More recently, they were stolen all together, replaced by a silver prosthesis. Controversy continues to swirl around Wilde. So many visitors were leaving lipstick kisses on the monument, a glass barrier was install in 2011. Now that's covered with kisses. In a cemetery filled with controversial celebrities like Jim Morrison, the Wilde tomb is one of the more wildly popular destinations, visited by thousands each year.
Plot: Division 89
GPS coordinates: 48.8618507, 2.3979800 (hddd.dddd)