The body of surrealist painter Salvador Dali has been ordered exhumed in connection with a paternity suit in Spain, the BBC reports.
Dali died of heart failure in 1989 at age 84 and is buried in a crypt at the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, the town of his birth.
A judge ordered the exhumation of Dali’s body to get samples for a suit filed by Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, a Spanish tarot card reader who says her mother, a maid, had a clandestine affair with the painter in 1955.
Martinez. who was born in 1956, says she believes she is the daughter of the painter.
“In ordering the exhumation, the judge said there were no biological remains or personal objects of the artist to be used in the paternity test,” the BBC notes.
“Her legal action is against the Spanish state, to which Dali left his estate. The court said the decision could be appealed,” the report adds. “If she is confirmed to be the artist’s daughter, she could use his surname and be entitled to part of his estate.”