Spanish astrologist and tarot reader Pilar Abel has long maintained that she is the lovechild of legendary Surrealist artist Salvador Dali and her mother, a domestic helper in the Spanish fishing village Port Lligat.
Abel was told by her grandmother that Dalí was her father when she was 8 years old. If that’s true, she would be the artist’s only child, and would thus have a claim on a significant portion of his estate, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
To prove her lineage, she has had the courts exhume his embalmed remains to retrieve genetic samples that could help determine whether or not Dali actually fathered a child 61 years ago.
And when they did, they discovered a VERY surprising thing.
According to the Associated Press, a 1.5-ton stone slab was removed to open the crypt holding Dalí’s remains. Four teeth, some nails and the marrow of a long bone were removed as genetic samples, which will be sent to Madrid for testing.
Yet the most astounding detail of the surreal ordeal is that, after all these years, Dalí’s signature mustache hasn’t lost its panache.
“His face was covered with a silk handkerchief, an exquisite handkerchief,” the exhumer told Catalan radio station RAC1, according to Spain’s The Local. “As I removed the handkerchief, I saw with great joy how his mustache remained intact, pointing to 10-past-10, like on a clock face, just as he wanted. It’s a miracle.”
A miracle? Indeed! And an incredibly surreal coda to the Dali legacy.
Meanwhile, the genetic samples will be sent to a forensic laboratory in Madrid for analysis. The process could take weeks.
Great news about the mustache though. You’d like to think some things survive the ravages of the tomb. Similarly, I’m hoping that Warhol’s wig still looks great, Freida Kahlo’s unibrow is still intact, and Farrah Fawcett’s hair is feathered just so… Let’s get digging!
(Top images via Euro News video)