CBS Local – Salvador Dali’s body was exhumed for a paternity test and the legendary artist’s famous mustache is still intact 28 years after his death.
A woman is claiming that her mother had an affair with Dali and requested a paternity test. If she’s Dali’s daughter, she’ll have a right to the Dali estate. A judge sanctioned the exhumation.
Narcis Bardalet was in charge of embalming Dali’s body after the artist passed away in 1989.
“When I took off the silk handkerchief, I was very emotional,” Bardalet said, via BBC. “I was eager to see him and I was absolutely stunned. It was like a miracle… his mustache appeared at 10 past 10 exactly and his hair was intact.”
After a four-hour operation, DNA samples were extracted from Dali’s teeth, bones and nails. The results of the paternity test likely won’t be known for a few weeks.
Ian Gibson, a biographer of Dali, says it’s “absolutely impossible” for Dali to be the father.
“Dalí always boasted: ‘I’m impotent, you’ve got to be impotent to be a great painter,'” said Gibson.