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DNA test proves woman is not Salvador Dalí
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DNA test proves woman is not Salvador Dalí’s daughter


A DNA test has proved that a Spanish woman who believed that Salvador Dalí was her father is not the artist’s daughter.

María Pilar Abel Martínez says her mother had an affair with Dalí during the year before her birth.

A judge in Madrid, Spain, agreed his body could be exhumed for testing in June.

However, the Dalí Foundation has now said that the tests carried out have conclusively proven that the two are not related.

‘The DNA tests show that Pilar Abel is not Dali’s daughter,’ the foundation, which manages his estate, said in a statement on 6 September, six weeks after the artist’s body was exhumed from a crypt in a museum dedicated to his life and work in Figueres.

Had they been related, Martínez would have had a claim on part of Dalí’s estate, which he left to the Spanish state following his death in 1989 at the age of 85.

A number of Dalí experts had raised doubts about 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 Martínez, who had been told from an early age she was the painter’s daughter, has responded to the news.

Pan European Networks Ltd