Experts who exhumed the body of Salvador Dalí to collect samples for use in a paternity claim have revealed that the enigmatic artist’s trademark mustache still graces his face almost three decades after he died.
Narcís Bardalet, the embalmer who tended Dalí’s body after his death in 1989 and helped with the exhumation on Thursday night, said he had been delighted to see the surrealist’s best-known feature once again.
“His mustache is still intact, [like clock hands at] 10 past 10, just as he liked it. It’s a miracle,” he told the Catalan radio station RAC1.
Well, he was a surrealist, remember. But still.
Oh, the paternity business? Seems 61 year old Maria Pilar Abel claims she’s Dali’s illegitimate spawn, the result of an affair her mother had with the painter in 1955. She has stated that her physical resemblance to the Dali is so strong, “the only thing I’m missing is a mustache.” Too bad — that would probably clinch it, but she’s right: her mustache isn’t quite as dramatic.
We await the DNA testing. Wonder if the chromosomes are melted and drippy with color.
Note this post was published at 10:10 am. Clever, innit.