Spanish woman Pilar Abel's claim to be the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali has been disproved by a DNA test, the deceased painter's foundation says.
Spanish woman Pilar Abel's claim to be the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali has been disproved by a DNA test, the deceased painter's foundation says. FERNANDO VILLAR

Claim that Dali was her dada was surreal, not real

A SPANISH woman's claim to be the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali has been disproved by a DNA test, the deceased painter's foundation says.

Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, has long alleged her mother had an affair with Dali, arguing that she had the right to part of his vast estate.

But the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said in a statement the Madrid court that ordered the paternity test had declared she had no genetic relationship with the painter.

Ms Abel's 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.

Those remains will be returned to his coffin in the Dali Museum Theatre in the Spanish town of Figueres, his birthplace.

Dali died at age 84 in 1989.

Ms Abel had claimed she was the result of an affair while her mother was working as an employee at the Dali household in Figueres in the 1950s.

She said she was searching "for my identity, to find out who I am”, adding: "I just want the truth to be known.”

She had said she hoped to change her surname to Dali but insisted she was not motivated by thoughts of a potential inheritance.

"My father deserves more than that,” she said.

Tom Batchelor, The Independent



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