Friday, July 21, 2017

EXHUMED Dali's moustache still at `10 past 10- 28 years after death

Jul 22 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
28 years after death, Dali's moustache still at `10 past 10'


Surrealist master Salvador Dali's trademark moustache is in perfect shape in its “ten past ten“ position, the foundation that runs his estate said Friday ,a day after his remains were exhumed to settle a paternity claim.Narcis Bardalet, who was responsible for embalming Dal's body 28 years ago was at his grave the moment he was exhumed on Thursday night for DNA tests. The arduous task of exhumation involved removing a slab weighing more than a tonne that covered his tomb at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras in northeastern Spain where the eccentric artist was born.
“... It was like a miracle ... his moustache appeared at 10 past 10 exactly and his hair was intact,“ Bardalet said. Penuelas said DNA samples were taken from “his skin, nail and two long bones“.
A Madrid court last month granted Pilar Abel a DNA test to determine whet her she is Dali's child, as she claims. Abel, a 61-year-old who long worked as a psychic in Catalonia, says her mother had a relationship with the artist when she worked in Cadaques, a picturesque Spanish port where the painter lived for years.
If Abel is confirmed as Dali's only child, she could be entitled to 25% of the huge fortune and heritage of one of the most celebrated painters of the 20th century , according to her lawyer Enrique Blanquez. But the Dali Foundation's lawyer has indicated Abel could get a big bill if her claims are proven false. “If Abel is not Dali's daughter then we must ask her to reimburse the costs of the exhumation.“

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