On June 20th, 2017, a psychic from Spain won her two-year-old lawsuit for the right to have Salvador Dali’s body- the pioneer of Surrealist art- exhumed for paternity testing.
The case goes back to March of 2015, when an astrologist and tarot card reader from Gerona, Spain, filed a paternity suit in Madrid against the Spanish state. Dali left his estate and the artist’s foundation to the Spanish state.
Abel believes Dali is her father, and if she’s correct, could be entitled to part of the artist’s estate. The ruling last week by a Madrid judge paves the way for having the Surreal artist’s remains exhumed. His body will be removed from his final resting place in Figueres, Spain.
Exhuming his body will allow for DNA tests to be conducted, DNA tests that could potentially prove Abel’s claims. According to the BBC, exhuming his body could happen as soon as next month. Dali’s foundation already has plans to appeal the decision.
Martinez had DNA tests performed about ten years ago using skin and hair collected from Dali’s death mask, but they were inconclusive.
Why Does The Psychic Think Dali Is Her Dad?
Abel claims her mother met Dali in Cadaques, Spain. Dali lived there and Martinez claims her mother served as a domestic aide to a family who frequently vacationed there. She states the two of them met one day and had an affair while Dali was married to Gala.
Abel was born in 1956 and claimed the affair happened in 1955. The psychic says her mother told her of this affair on multiple occasions, including in the presence of others. She convinced the psychic that Dali is her father. Dali passed away at the age of 85 in 1989.
When reached for a comment, a spokeswoman from Dali’s foundation said, “The Dali Foundation is preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days. Our internal legal team and Roca Junyent, S.L.P office are working on this appeal in coordination with the State Attorney.”
Several Dali experts do not believe Abel and her claims. One such skeptic is Nicolas Descharnes, who co-authored research and books about Dali with his father, Dali’s former secretary. His father also served as the administrator of the artist’s copyright until he died in 2014.
The younger Descharnes told a Spanish news agency that there was “no relationship between this woman and Salvador Dali.” If Abel’s claims are proven correct, the result will have profound financial implications for Dali’s estate.
She could be entitled to a 25 percent share of his estate, estimated to be about $336 million. One portrait alone set the record for Dali when it sold for $21.7 million, according to the artnet Price Database.
There’s an update to this story. Read DNA Test Proves Salvador Dali Not The Father Of Tarot Card Reader Maria Pilar Abel Martinez Who Won Case To Have His Body Exhumed And Tested.