Salvator Dali to be exhumed for probation in a paternity claim

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Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and fortune teller from Girona, Spain, claims she was conceived during a secret liaison in 1955 of Salvador and her mother, Antonia. She claims also a very closed physical resemblance. “The DNA study of the painter’s corpse is necessary due to the lack of other biological or personal remains with which to perform the comparative study,” the court’s ruling said. No date had yet been set for the exhumation bit it’s supposed to be soon. An appeal from Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, which controls the artist’s estate, is however expected.

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Pilar Abel

The foundation now runs three museums and controls lucrative reproduction and licensing rights of the artist. Some believe Dalí was gay by on the other part the artist painted many naked women, including  pierced by chests of drawers and watches melting in the sun. Abel says she was conceived in 1955 when her mother was working for a family in Cadaqués, a fishing village near where Dalí’s family had a holiday home. Pilar Abel previously tried to obtain Dali’s DNA , without conclusive results, from traces of hair and skin clinging to Dalí’s death mask and from some material provided by the artist’s friend and biographer, Robert Descharnes. If she will be able to prove the paternity, under Spanish law, she will receive a quarter of his fortune.

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