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The surreal implications of Dali having a daughter

Some people will go to great lengths to prove paternity. Maury Povich conducts his own daily circus on his self-titled show featuring spurned mothers and self-denying baby daddies. A man who started his career as a news anchor is now best known for a pair of chaos-inducing catch phrases shouted at the top of his lungs.

“You are not the father,” and, “You are the father.”

Pilar Abel is setting a higher standard or lowering the bar in her paternity claim. In June, a Madrid judge ordered the legendary Spanish surrealist’s exhumation to determine if Abel is his daughter and legal heir entitled to 25 percent of the artist’s estate.

Born in 1956, the 61-year-old fortune teller claims that Salvador Dali and her mother, who worked for a family near Dali’s residence, had an affair that resulted in her birth. It was a story told to her for years in spite of the artist’s claims that he never had children.

Dali died in 1989 at the age of 84. He is currently interred under the dome of the Dali Theater Museum in Figueres, Spain. Once exhumed, a DNA sample will be taken for testing.

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation that manages both the estate and the museum disputes the supposed “daughter’s” claims. Those close to Dali heard him admit that he was gay and impotent, the latter being a requirement to become a great painter, according to one of the greatest painters.

Dali and Elena Ivanova Diakonova were husband and wife for 55 years. Yet, few close to them do not believe the couple ever consummated the marriage.

Should the results prove Abel’s biological link, her legal journey will continue with not only Dali’s foundation, but also the Spanish state that inherited his works.

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