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In a surreal turn, a judge in Madrid ordered that Salvador Dalí's body — interred for nearly three decades — be exhumed after a 61-year-old Spanish woman claimed the renowned painter was her father.
María Pilar Abel Martínez, born in 1956 in Girona, said her mother, Antonia, had a secret affair with the mustachioed surrealist while working as a maid for a neighboring family on Spain's northeast coast, reports the BBC.
Abel said her mother told her several times that Dalí was her father.
On Monday the judge ruled said that because no biological remains or personal objects are around to determine paternity, DNA tests on Dalí's bones are necessary to settle the paternity suit.
NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, that Abel is "working as a tarot card reader — and claims to resemble Dalí: 'The only thing missing is the moustache,' she says."
El Mundo reports that Abel already underwent DNA tests in 2007 and 2008, using retained specimens from Dalí's body, but she said she was never given the results. This, Abel said, showed that the results must have been positive.
Is it possible that the person or persons legally appointed to maintain Dali's estate were worried that they may lose their livelihood to 61 year old fortune teller?