For years adoring fans of Irish writer Oscar Wilde have not been able to resist the temptation of paying their own personal tributes at his tomb in Paris’ Pere-Lachaise cemetery.
Now the renovation is complete and protected by a glass barrier.
British actor Rupert Everett attended the unveiling ceremony: “France was the mother of all creativity in the 19th century and I think he was probably happy being buried in France. He hated England I think probably by the end.”
Irish authorities funded the renovation of Jacob Epstein’s sculpture. It has been listed as a historic monument in the hope that anyone who tries to damage it is put off by the possibility of a fine.