Sunday 24 September 2017

Woman is not Dali's daughter, DNA tests prove

Maria Pilar Abel claimed her mother had an affair with Dali. Photo: AP
Maria Pilar Abel claimed her mother had an affair with Dali. Photo: AP

Angus Berwick

DNA tests on the exhumed body of Salvador Dali showed that a Spanish woman who brought a paternity suit against him was not his daughter, the surrealist painter's foundation said.

The court supervising the tests had informed its lawyers that Maria Pilar Abel was not Dali's biological daughter after comparing her DNA with samples taken from his remains, the foundation said. A court spokesman declined to confirm the test results.

Ms Abel said she had not yet received the results from the Madrid court.

The court in June ordered forensic scientists to exhume Dali's body after Ms Abel, born in Dali's home town of Figueres, filed a paternity claim that alleged her mother had an affair with him.

"This conclusion is not a surprise for the Foundation, since at no point has there been any evidence that she was a relative," said the foundation, which manages Dali's estate. "The Foundation is happy that this puts an end to an absurd and artificial controversy."

Dali, who died in 1989 aged 84, was one of the 20th century's most famous and easily recognised artists.

His paintings include 'The Persistence of Memory', with its iconic images of melting clocks.

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