Back in 2015, Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and astrologer from Gerona, Spain, filed a paternity suit in Madrid claiming to be the artist’s daughter. (She sued the Spanish state, to which Dalí left his estate, and the artist’s foundation, also based in Spain.) If Abel’s claim is proven correct, she could be entitled to a sizable portion of the artist’s estate.
The June 20 ruling by a Madrid judge paves the way for the Spanish artist’s remains to be exhumed from his burial place in Figueres, Spain, allowing for DNA tests that might conclusively validate Abel’s claim. The exhumation could happen as early as next month, according to the BBC. The artist’s foundation plans to appeal the decision.
Abel previously conducted DNA tests a decade ago using hair and skin from the artist’s death mask, but the results were inconclusive.
Abel’s mother served as a domestic aide to a family who frequently vacationed in Cadaqués, where Dalí also maintained a residence. According to Abel, the two met and had an affair. At the time, Dalí was married to his muse, Gala, with whom he had no children. Abel says that the affair took place in 1955. She was born in 1956. Dali died in 1989 at age 85.