- Title: Exhumation of Salvador Dali's grave finished
- Date: 21st July 2017
- Summary: FIGUERAS, SPAIN (JULY 21, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** FACADE OF DALI THEATER AND MUSEUM VARIOUS OF FORENSIC MEMBERS CARRYING A BOX WHERE DALI'S SAMPLES WERE PUT FOR TRANSFER TO TOXICOLOGY INSTITUTE FOR DNA ANALYSIS JUDICIAL OFFICIALS LEAVING MUSEUM AND CARRYING BOXES AND PLASTIC BAGS FIGUERAS' MAYORESS, MARTA FELIP, SPEAKING WITH MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FIGUERA'S MAYORESS, MARTA FELIP, SAYING: "The extraction is of the samples asked by the judge which were teeth and a bone." NARCIS BARDALET, DALI'S EMBALMER AND FORENSIC DOCTOR LEAVING MUSEUM (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FIGUERA'S MAYORESS, MARTA FELIP, SAYING: "The lawyer's (from Dalis Foundation) request is the return of the samples and the entire reconstruction of the corpse." FACADE OF DALI THEATER AND MUSEUM
- Embargoed: 4th August 2017 01:44
- Keywords: Salvador Dali Pilar Abel forensics exhumation
- Location: FIGUERAS, SPAIN
- City: FIGUERAS, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QNSS3R
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- Story Text: Forensic experts began the exhumation of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday (June 20) evening to extract DNA samples in a bid to resolve a long-running paternity claim.
Mustachioed Dali, whose dream-like paintings and eccentric lifestyle made him one of the 20th century's most famous artists, died in 1989, aged 84.
Maria Pilar Abel, who was born in 1956 in the northern Spanish town of Figueras - Dali's home town and the place he is buried - has claimed her mother had an affair with the painter and has long sought to prove she is his daughter.
Dali's remains were being disinterred from a crypt under the stage of the domed Theater-Museum in Figueras, which houses some of his art works and paintings he collected following a court order to exhume the remains in June.
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