Last week, experts who exhumed the body of Salvador Dalí revealed that his mustache is intact. Not only that, it still sits at the famous “10 past 10” position.
Salvador Dalí’s remains were exhumed on Thursday the 20th of July 2017 to retrieve DNA samples for an ongoing paternity case, and experts confirm that his “10 past 10” mustache is indeed still in intact. The surrealist artist was not only well known for his groundbreaking works of art. He was also notorious for his character, which included sporting the unique and striking facial hair. Surrealism was more to Dalí than merely what he put onto a canvas or sculpture; it was his entire philosophy in life.
Catalonia’s High Court demanded the exhumation of Dalí’s body following a paternity case brought forward by 61-year-old Maria Pilar Abel. Abel, who is a tarot card reader by profession, claims she is the sole daughter of the late painter. Furthermore, she asserts that her conception occurred during a brief encounter that Dalí had with her mother in 1955.
During that period, Dalí was in a 23-year marriage with his muse and business manager Gala. However, whether or not Dalí and Gala had a sexual relationship has left historians unsure. Historians know well that Dalí and Gala never had a child together. Additionally, Gala notoriously indulged in extramarital affairs throughout their marriage, which ended in her death.
Salvador Dalí’s questionable sexuality
In fact, whether Dalí was sexually active with women at all is debatable. Famously, Dalí always claimed he was phobic of female genitalia. Until he married Gala, many suspected Dalí was in fact homosexual. Others have speculated that he may have had incestuous feelings towards his sister Anna Maria. In other words, many gravely doubt Abel’s claims that the eccentric artist could be her father.
Nevertheless, Abel has persisted in her claims, and the exhumation took place. Scrupulous security surrounded the retrieval of Dalí’s remains, and the court has strictly prohibited photographs out of respect for the deceased. Previously, experts had attempted to find a DNA match from samples from Dalí’s death mask and others from a close friend of his. Unfortunately for Abel, these results all came back negative.
Abel remains adamant that Dalí is her father. She claims that both her grandmother and mother confirmed this as fact. Furthermore, Abel recalls her grandmother telling her that she believed Abel was “the daughter of a famous painter, but I love you all the same.” Similarly, she had remarked at another time that Abel was “odd, just like your father.”
Set to inherit a quarter of the estate
Lookswise, Abel also jokes that she only needs to grow a similar mustache to Dalí, and she would look identical to him. Her journey to demanding that the courts exhume Dalí for DNA evidence has taken ten years. If experts declare that the DNA results are positive, Abel is set to inherit a quarter of Dalí’s estate.
Originally, Dalí bequeathed his entire estate to the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Spanish government. If Dalí is her father, she will acquire licensing rights, property, art works and money from the estate.