In sur­re­al­ist twist, Dali to be ex­humed in pa­ter­nity law­suit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Sal­vador Dali’s ec­cen­tric artis­tic and per­sonal bi­og­ra­phy is tak­ing yet an­other bizarre turn with the ex­huma­tion of his em­balmed re­mains in or­der to find ge­netic sam­ples that could set­tle whether one of the found­ing fig­ures of sur­re­al­ism fa­thered a girl. Pi­lar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims that her mother had an af­fair with Dali while work­ing as a do­mes­tic helper in the north­east­ern Span­ish town of Figueres, where the artist was born and had moved back to with his Rus­sian wife Gala.

Af­ter two decades of court bat­tles, a Madrid judge last month granted Abel a DNA test to find out whether her al­le­ga­tions are true. The ex­huma­tion be­gins Thurs­day night.

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