Sunday 17 November 2019

Woman's claim to be Salvador Dali's daughter disproved by DNA test

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman's claim that she is surrealist artist Salvador Dali's daughter.

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said that the Madrid court that ordered the DNA test informed it that Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, has no biological relationship with Dali.

Ms Abel has long alleged her mother had an affair with Dali and claimed she had the right to part of his vast estate. The foundation said it was happy the "absurd" claim had been resolved.

A court spokesman said the court has not made the test results public but has informed the parties in the lawsuit.

The high-profile paternity claim led to the exhumation of Dali's embalmed remains so genetic samples could be taken. Forensic experts removed hair, nails and two long bones in July.

The foundation said the painter's remains will be returned to his coffin, which is buried in the Dali Museum Theatre in the north-eastern Spanish town of Figueres, Dali's birthplace. Dali died aged 84 in 1989.

Ms Abel claimed her mother had an affair with Dali while working as a domestic helper in Figueres.

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