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Dali foundation: DNA test disproves artist paternity suit

  • Maria Pilar Abel has long alleged that her mother had an affair with Salvador Dali 
  • The tarot card reader claimed that she had the right to part of his vast estate
  • Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said that a paternity test disproved her claims
  • It said on Wednesday that it was happy Abel’s ‘absurd’ claim had been resolved

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation says a paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman’s claim that she is the surrealist artist’s daughter.

The foundation said on Wednesday that the Madrid court that ordered the DNA test informed it that Maria Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, has no biological relationship with Dali.

Abel has long alleged her mother had an affair with Dali and claimed she had the right to part of his vast estate. 

But DNA tests have proved she is not Dali's daughter

Maria Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader has long alleged her mother had an affair with Dali and claimed she had the right to part of his vast estate. But DNA tests have proved she is not Dali’s daughter

The foundation said the court supervising the tests had informed its lawyers that Abel was not Dali’s biological daughter after comparing her DNA with samples taken from Dali’s remains.

Experts removed hair, nails and two long bones from Dali’s embalmed remains to compare to Abel’s DNA for the test.  

Officials said at the time the surrealist artist’s famous facial hair had survived the passing of time and remained in ‘its classic shape of ten past ten’. 

 The foundation said it was happy the ‘absurd’ claim had been resolved.

A court spokesman told The Associated Press the court has not made the test results public but has informed the parties in the lawsuit. 

He spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with court rules.

Calls to the lawyer of Pilar Abel rang unanswered.

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