Salvador Dali's moustache 'remains intact' 28 years after his death

Salvador Dali's moustache 'remains intact' 28 years after his death

Surrealist Spanish painter Salvador Dali was exhumed for a paternity test last night, and embalmers have revealed that his trademark moustache was still intact.

If proved right, she could claim one fourth of the painter's estate which is now in the hands of a public foundation, according to her lawyer Enrique Blanquez.

Mr Blazquez said if Ms Abel's claim was proved valid, she would be entitled to a quarter share of the estate, including copyright and paintings.

He said: "I was eager to see him and I was absolutely stunned". The building now hosts the Dali Theater Museum.

When Dali died in 1989, aged 84, his body was embalmed by Narcis Bardalet, who said attempts to extract DNA were likely to be successful, though "there are also difficulties because [the body] has been embalmed and the formaldehyde could have damaged the nucleus of the cells".

The operation to remove Dali's remains began at around 8 p.m. local time, with an hour and a half needed to lift the 1.5 tonne slab of stone sealing the grave before the artist's coffin was removed.

Abel has already provided a saliva sample for comparison, with results expected within a matter of weeks.

The DNA samples in the form of bone or tooth fragments will be sent to Madrid to undergo the necessary tests.

Pilar Abel
Artist Dali's body exhumed to resolve paternity dispute

"He would feel at home, it is a day that suits his way of being", Lorca said. A marquee inside the museum's glass dome was installed to avoid any possible photography or video taken from drones.

That claim is contested by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, which manages the estate and the museum where the artist is buried.

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Pilar Abel, 61, poses for a photograph after a news conference in Madrid.

"It is for this reason that we, the people of Figueras, we believe that it is very hard that he could have a child", said the AFPTV a resident of Figueras, Lidia, who claims to have known Dali at the age of 13 years.

This story was updated to include a statement from the Salvador Dali Foundation. In an article published by Ian Gibson last month in El Pais after having researched the artists' complex sexual appetites, the Dali biographer concluded that there could be serious doubts about any offspring claims.

At the time of the alleged affair between the two, Salvador Dali was married to Gala.

"I've never heard of this woman, Dali never talked to me about her, and now suddenly all this fuss", Vehi said on Thursday.

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