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BBCI: Salvador Dali body to be exhumed for DNA test

Salvador Dali’s unusual and eccentric lifestyle seems to have followed him to the grave, as his embalmed remains were due to be exhumed to collect DNA samples for a paternity test.Arts Editor Will Gompertz has been to Dali’s Theatre Museum in Figurers where the artist is buried. “I think that it has been long enough”. Married for 55 years to Elena Ivanova Diakonova, better known as Gala, it was assumed that the marriage was never consummated.Abel has spent 10 years trying to prove that she was the result of an extra-marital affair between Dali and her mother in the fishing village of Cadaques, where the painter once lived, in 1955.After the gates of the premises closed Thursday, a 1.5-ton stone slab was removed to open the crypt where Dali was interred 27 years ago.Two decades after the death of Salvador Dali, who died in 1989 at the age of 85, the woman filed a legal application that gives her the right to conduct a paternity test.. According to experts, they planned to remove four teeth, some nails and the marrow of a long bone if they were able to do so. A coffin from a funeral home was delivered earlier in the day to the museum premises. The process could take up to 11 hours, the regional Justice Department said, and the samples would then travel to a forensic lab in Madrid, where an analysis could still take weeks.The Salvador Dali foundation, which controls the artist’s fortune, had unsuccessfully appealed against the exhumation ruling.Dali’s paternity lawsuit was a topic of discussion Thursday among the lines of visitors at the museum. “What’s more, I know who your father is-he is Salvador Dalí”.Biographer Ian Gibson said Dali once claimed that impotence is a requirement to becoming a great painter. “This is self-publicity”.