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Salvador Dali's remains to be exhumed for paternity test

Salvador Dali's remains to be exhumed for paternity test
Posted at 11:29 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 08:01:01-04

(CNN) - A Madrid court has ordered that the remains of painter Salvador Dali be exhumed after a woman, who claims to be daughter, filed a paternity claim.

According to the court, the objective of the exhumation is "to get samples of his remains to determine whether he is the biological father of a woman from Girona who filed a claim to be the recognized as the daughter of the artist."

The court also explained that it ordered the exhumation due to the "lack of other biological or personal remains with which to compare" the woman's DNA to Dali's.

The woman is Pilar Abel Martinez, who was born in 1956. She has been trying to prove that the painter is her father since 2007. Martinez said her mother claimed to maintain a secret relationship with Dali in Port-Lligat while she was working as a maid for a family who spent part of the year there.

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