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Salvador Dali: DNA test proves woman is not his daughter

Salvador Dali: DNA test proves woman is not his daughter

Ms Martinez says she was born in 1956 as a result of an affair between Dali and her mother
A Spanish woman who believed Salvador Dali was her father is not the surrealist artist's daughter, a DNA test has proved.Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, a tarot card reader who was born in 1956, says her mother had an affair with Dali during the year before her birth. A judge in Madrid agreed his body could be exhumed for testing in June.But now the Dali Foundation says the tests carried out have conclusively proved the two are not related.
Why experts question artist paternity claim
"The DNA tests show that Pilar Abel is not Dali's daughter," the foundation, which manages his estate, said in a statement on Wednesday, six weeks after the artist's body was exhumed from a crypt in a museum dedicated to his life and work in Figueres, in north-eastern Spain.
Had they been related, Ms Martinez would have had a claim on part of Dali's estate, which he left to the Spanish state following his death in 1989 at the age of 85.
Salvador Dali: DNA test proves woman is not his daughter

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Salvador Dali's body exhumed in Spain
A number of Dali experts had raised their eyebrows at the claim before his body was exhumed, with biographer Ian Gibson noting the artist's own claim of "I'm impotent, you've got to be impotent to be a great painter".It is not known how Ms Martinez, who had been told from an early age she was the painter's daughter, has responded to the news.
Salvador Dali: Life of a surrealist
Dali's wife, Gala, died in 1982 - after which he is said to have lost much of his zest for life
Born on 11 May 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Produced more than 1,500 paintings throughout his career
Married Elena Ivanovna Diakonova - or Gala - in 1934; they had no children
The couple had an open marriage and regularly held orgies at their house - though Dali is said to have watched rather than participated
Died on 23 January 1989 in Figueres
Dali's work - in pictures
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