It turns out that Salvador Dali isn’t related to tarot card reader Maria Pilar Abel Martinez after all. A DNA test recently proved the Spanish tarot card reader who strongly believed Salvador Dali was her father was mistaken. 61-year-old Maria Pilar Abel Martinez has claimed that her mother and Dali had an affair the year before her birth.
Martinez convinced a Madrid judge to allow her to exhume his body to be DNA tested. Medical personnel successfully exhumed his body on July 21st of this year. It’s worth noting that his iconic mustache was fully and perfectly intact. The Dali Foundation states the test results conclusively proved that Martinez is unrelated to Dali.
Martinez Cannot Claim Any Part Of Dali’s Estate
“The DNA tests show that Pilar Abel is not Dali’s daughter,” read a statement from the foundation that manages his estate. A spokesperson for the foundation stated about six weeks after the exhumation. They removed his body from a crypt inside a museum dedicated to his life and work in Figueres, Spain.
If Martinez had been correct and they were related, she would have had a claim on part of Dali’s estate. He left his estate to the Spanish state after he passed away at 85 in 1989. The initial claim by Martinez had many Dali experts raising their eyebrows before they exhumed his body. Ian Gibson, a biographer, noted Dali’s claim, “I’m impotent, you’ve got to be impotent to be a great painter.”
How Martinez has responded to this news is unknown; she has yet to make a statement regarding the issue. She’s been under the impression that she was Dali’s daughter from a very young age because that’s what her family has always told her. This is an update to a story we covered, Spanish Psychic Wins Court Battle To Have The Body Of Surrealist Artist Salvador Dali Exhumed In Paternity Suit.