Salvador Dali's moustache 'remains intact' 28 years after his death

Salvador Dali's moustache 'remains intact' 28 years after his death

Forensic experts said Dali's whiskers remained in the "classic shape of ten past ten", referring to the positions of hands on a clock.

"I just want to know the truth, and that's all", was given Wednesday evening Pilar, Abel, who is born and raised in Figueres, the town where Dali was born in 1904 and died in 1989, to journalists in Madrid.

The exhumation on Thursday followed longstanding claims by Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, who says her mother had an affair with Dali in the town.

In June, a Madrid judge ruled there was no other way to settle her claim than to raise the artist from his grave, which was not a simple task.

Forensic experts opened the artist's coffin on Thursday night in a sensitive operation that involved using pulleys to lift a 1.5-ton stone slab.

The details of the exhumation will be revealed Friday at 08: 00 by the Foundation during a press conference.

At that time, Salvador Dali was also married to his muse Gala, whose real name was Elena Ivanovna Diakonova.

Maria Pilar Abel claims that she is entitled to some of Dali's estate.

According to Abel, Dali took advantage of his frequent visits to the residence to pursue an affair with her mother, Antonia Martinez de Haro.

She is suing the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Spanish state, which inherited the surrealist painter's works in a bid to claim a quarter of his fortune.

His lawyer at the time had estimated its value at $ 136 million.

The Salvador Dali Foundation, which manages the late artist's estate, tried unsuccessfully to fight off the exhumation with a court appeal.

The Salvador Dali Foundation which manages the estate says it was worth almost 400 million euros ($460 million) at the end of 2016.

Salvador Dali's remains have been resting in a crypt under the stage of the Figueras domed Theatre-Museum. Abel said a desire to honor her mother's memory was motivating her paternity lawsuit.

Spanish Citizen Cesar Marcha, 45, said, "If she has reached this point there must be evidence and proof that it may be true, although that doesn't mean that it is true".

The foundation and the museum in Figueres took steps to make sure no images of the exhumation may emerge in public. Before work in the crypt began on Thursday, mobile phones were put in a deposit and the museum's glass dome was covered to prevent drone photography or videos.

Abel has already provided a saliva sample for comparison, with results expected within a matter of weeks.

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