Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader, has succeeded in a Spanish court in winning a judicial order to have surrealist painter Salvador Dalí’s body exhumed for DNA testing. Abel claims that her mother had a short-lived affair with the artist in the mid-1950s. Despite her prescience in other’s lives, Abel will not mystically divine her lineage on principle; she does not look at her own cards. Dalí's work was donated to the Spanish state upon his death. It is estimated to have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Abel has said that if paternity is establish, she would be willing to take “whatever corresponds to me.”
See Max Bearak, Judge in Spain Orders Salvador Dalí’s Body Exhumed for Paternity Test, The Washington Post, June 26, 2017.
Special thanks to Molly Neace for bringing this article to my attention.