Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Salvador Dali's body to be exhumed for paternity test, Spanish judge orders

A judge in Madrid has ordered Spanish artist Salvador Dalí to be exhumed in response to a paternity suit.

The biological test is aimed at determining whether Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, 61, of Spain is the painter's daughter, according to reports.

Abel claims that Dalí is her father and that the prominent surrealist had an affair with her mother, who was a maid, in 1955. Abel was born in 1956.

Dalí married his muse, Gala, born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, in 1934. They remained married until her death in 1982 and had no children.

In ordering the exhumation, the judge said the measure was "necessary" because there are no biological remains or personal objects of the artist that can be used in the test.

Dalí died in Spain in 1989 at age 85 and was buried in his hometown of Figueres in the northeastern Catalonia region of the country. A large collection of his work is displayed at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.

Abel, who is a tarot card reader, first made the paternity claim in 2015.

She said her mother, Antonia Martinez de Haro, had worked for a family that spent time in Cadaqués, next to where Dalí had a home, the Spanish newspaper El País reported.

A friendship developed between de Haro and Dalí, and Abel was born in 1956, El País reported. Soon after, de Haro married another man.

According to the lawsuit, Abel would stand to receive hundreds of millions in euros from Dalí's paintings.

The Gala Dalí Foundation has not commented but can appeal the decision.

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