Samples taken from Salvador Dali’s physique to solve paternity suit

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FIGUERAS, Spain (Reuters) – Forensic scientists and authorised experts began holding DNA samples from a embalmed physique of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday to try to solve a paternity claim.

Maria Pilar Abel, who was innate in 1956 in a northern Spanish city of Figueras – Dali’s home city and a place he is buried – claims her mom had an event with a painter and has been perplexing to infer she is his daughter for years.

When Dali died in 1989, aged 84, his physique was embalmed by Narcis Bardalet, who told Reuters that attempts to remove DNA were expected to be successful, yet “there are also problems since (the body) has been embalmed and a formaldehyde could have shop-worn a iota of a cells.”

“Getting a samples, that is, molars, teeth, prolonged bones, in sequence to remove DNA will be easy, since a physique will be in a comparatively good condition,” Bardalet said.

Dali’s stays are interred in a shrine underneath a theatre of a domed Theatre-Museum in Figueras, that houses some of his art works and paintings he collected.

The justice a samples be taken in June. It might take weeks before a formula of a DNA tests are known.

Reporting by Madrid TV; Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Louise Ireland

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