Salvador Dalí’s Body To Be Exhumed for Paternity Test

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Portrait of the Spanish surrealist painter and sculptor Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989), New York, ca. 1950s. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)

In The Case of Pilar Abel, Dalí …

Salvador Dalí will rise again—well sort of. The surrealist painter’s body is being exhumed for DNA extraction, according to an article from The Washington Post, after Pilar Abel, age 60, successfully won a judicial order to determine whether Dalí was her estranged father.

Since 2007, Abel, a tarot card reader and divorced mother of four, has claimed her mother Antonia Martínez de Haro told her that she had a brief affair with Dalí in the 1950s. The Washington Post reports that even Abel’s grandmother knew of the short fling and would tell Abel she was “strange, like your father.”

Abel told the New York Times—after filing a lawsuit in 2015—that her main goal is to find out if Dalí is her dad, however, she also wants “whatever corresponds to me.”

Dalí, who died at the age of 85 in 1989, was thought to have fathered no children. In fact, many believe that the painter was “largely celibate.” So if Abel’s story ends up being true, she could be the only heir to Dalí’s legacy (that is, unless more baby mommas crawl out of the woodwork.).

What’s more? The Times stated that Abel’s lawyer, though he had not yet worked out her potential financial claim, said Spain inherited paintings by the artist that could be worth approximately $325 million. (Talk about a nice potential chunk of change for Abel!)

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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

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