Salvador Dalí’s Body to Be Exhumed to Resolve Paternity Suit
Spanish judge orders exhumation over claim by fortune-teller
No, this isn’t some creepy outtake from Un Chien Andalou.
The woman, Pilar Abel, a fortune-teller who hails from Girona, Spain, alleges that Dalí had a “clandestine love affair” with her mother in 1955, and she is the product of that tryst. Abel also refers to herself as “Dalí without the mustache.”
In 2015, Spanish courts allowed her to compare her DNA to that of Dalí’s death mask—but there wasn’t enough genetic material on it for a definitive genetic comparison. Hence, the current court order.
There is more at stake than just bragging rights: If her paternity is confirmed, Abel could stand to inherit about $336 million, or a 25 percent share of the Dalí estate.
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