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Dali's body be exhumed for paternity test

14 July 2017 world-news

Salvador Dali’s body will be exhumed on 20 July to allow DNA tests following a paternity claim, a judge in Catalonia has said.

Maria Pilar Abel claims to be the biological daughter of the surrealist Spanish artist, who died in 1989 at the age of 84 in his hometown of Figueres.

Ms Abel underwent a DNA test in Madrid on Tuesday and hopes to get a positive result to change her last name from Abel to Dali.

Born in 1956, Ms Abel claims her mother had an extramarital affair with the painter in the 1950s while she was working as a maid in his household.

Image: Maria Pilar Abel says she wants to ‘know who I am’

She said her priority is to be recognised as Dali’s daughter: “I want to know who I am. That is what I hope for. To know the truth.”

The Salvador Dali Foundation has lodged an appeal against the exhumation.

Dali was one of the most famous artists from the 20th century surrealist period, painting pictures like the melting clocks in the 1931 work The Persistence Of Memory.

He married his wife, Gala, in 1934, and the couple remained together up until her death in 1982.

They had no children and after his death, he left his estate to the Spanish state.

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