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Salvador Dali's mustache found intact in the grave

Salvador Dali’s Mustache Found Intact in Grave

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.

Judge Orders Body of Salvador Dali to be Exhumed

A woman claiming to be Salvador Dali’s daughter from a 1955 affair has been trying to get a paternity test since 2007.
Salvador Dali to be exhumed for paternity test

A judge in Madrid has the ordered the exhumation of Salvador Dali in order to obtain biological samples for a paternity suit, the BBC reports. Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, born in 1956, claims her mother had a secret affair with the famed surrealist painter in 1955 when she was working as a maid for a family who spent part of the year in Cadaqués where Dali lived.

Dali was married to Gala at the time, and the couple had no children.

Martinez has been trying to get a paternity test since 2007. The court ordered the exhumation due to “lack of other biological or personal remains with which to compare” DNA samples. The Dali Foundation doesn’t agree with the decision, stating they are “preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days.”

If DNA analysis proves that Martinez is in fact the daughter of Salvador Dali, she will be entitled to a portion of the artist’s estate, which he left to the Spanish state upon his death in 1989.

Update: Salvador Dali’s mustache found intact