In today's WTF news, Salvador Dalí's remains might be unearthed almost 30 years after his death. #TrueStory
As odd as it may sound, on Monday, June 26, a Spanish judge ordered the remains of the late renowned artist, buried in his museum in Figueres, Spain, are "to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist’s estate."
The court's decision comes after a 61-year-old local tarot-card reader named Pilar Abel claimed that she's the daughter of an affair between the painter and her mother, Antonia, according to The Associated Press.
Dalí was married to his muse, Gala, at the time of the alleged affair that happened in the late '50s. Dalí and Gala, although she had a daughter from a previous marriage, never had children. Dalí died on Jan. 23, 1989.
Salvador Dali and Gala were married on this day in 1934. About his beloved wife, Dali said, “I love Gala better than my mother, better than my father, better than Picasso, and even better than money.” . . . . . Image: Portrait of Dali and Gala in their boat, 1959. Photo Robert Descharnes / © Descharnes & Descharnes Sarl
Abel, who's been in this battle since 2007, claims that she has similar features to her alleged father and has stated that all she's missing is the mustache, as noted by El Mundo.
“What she wants is to have a result of the tests with a full guarantee in order to finish with this as soon as possible,” Abel’s lawyer Enrique Blanquez told The Associated Press.
The only way this can come to an end is with a DNA test from Dalí's embalmed body to make a genetic comparison. If there's a match, Abel could amount to 25 percent of all of Dalí's estate.
Even Salvador Dali knew when to take a break. Happy Labor Day. . . . . . Image: Salvador Dali by Jean Dieuzaide.
The Dalí Foundation, on the other hand, released a statement to appeal the court's decision.
Given the content of the decision taken by the Court of Instance No. 11 of Madrid on June 20, 2017, by means of which the exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dalí is ordered to allow the biological investigation of Pilar Abel's paternity research, The Dalí Foundation is preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days.
The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 18, the lawyer said.
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