Court orders exhumation of Salvador Dali’s body to settle paternity dispute

A Spanish court has ordered Salvador Dalí’s body be exhumed to settle a dispute filed by a woman claiming to be his daughter.  He is buried in a crypt in his hometown of Figueres, Spain, above which sits a theater and museum dedicated to his work.

The NY Times reported the Court’s findings, which included the determination that the exhumation was necessary because no other remains were available that could adequately settle the paternity claim.

The matter started when a Spanish Tarot card reader, Pilar Abel, claimed she was his daughter as a result of a “clandestine love affair” her mother had with the painter in the late 1950s.  Dalí left paintings worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Spanish state, and Ms. Abel has filed a lawsuit against the Spanish state and Dali’s foundation, saying she wants “whatever corresponds” to her for being his heir.

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