When his remains were exhumed Thursday night, his mustache was found miraculously unchanged.
When Salvador Dali’s tomb was opened Thursday night to settle a paternity suit by Spanish Tarot card reader Pilar Abel Martinez, the New York Times reports that his “trademark mustache was found intact.” Lluís Peñuelas, the secretary general of the foundation that oversees Dalí’s estate, told reporters, “The mustache kept its classic 10-past-10 position.”
Narcís Bardalet, the man who embalmed Dali in 1989, called it a miracle, saying, “Salvador Dali is forever.”
It seems only fitting that when the remains of a man known for his surrealist work are exhumed, the biggest concern is the state of peculiar facial hair.
Long live Dali’s mustache.
Hair, teeth, and fingernail samples were removed, as well as two long bones which will be returned to the crypt after the DNA analysis is complete.