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Court orders body of famous artist be exhumed.

A judge has found enough basis for the claims of a Spanish woman, claiming she is the child of Salvador Dali, that the body has been ordered to be exhumed from its current resting place underneath a theater in Dali’s hometown, so DNA testing can be performed, according to the Washington Post in “Judge in Spain orders Salvador Dali’s body exhumed for paternity test.”

Dali, who was well known both for his eccentric art and lifestyle, was not known to have any children. However, one Spanish woman claims that she is Dali’s child.

The only problem is that she cannot prove her claims, since Dali passed away in 1989 at the age of 85.

The woman makes her living as a professional tarot card reader, so perhaps she could prove her paternity by reading the cards. However, she refuses to do such a self-reading. Instead, she has asked the Spanish courts to intervene.

It is not clear what the woman hopes to gain from the testing. Dali’s estate has long been closed and all of his valuable artwork donated to the Spanish government.

Even though the artwork is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, it is unlikely the woman could lay claim to any of that money. For her part, she seems uncertain of what she wants, if Dali does turn out to be her father.

She has only stated that she wants “what corresponds to her.”

Reference: Washington Post (June 26, 2017) “Judge in Spain orders Salvador Dali’s body exhumed for paternity test.”

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