The remains of Salvador Dalí are due to be exhumed on Thursday evening, almost three decades after his death, to help settle a long-running paternity claim from a 61-year-old fortune-teller who insists she is the Spanish artist’s only child.
Dalí, who died in 1989, is buried in a crypt beneath the museum he designed for himself in his home town of Figueres, Catalonia.
At 8pm, once the last visitors of the day have left the building, the 1.5-tonne stone slab that rests above his grave will be lifted so that experts can get to his body to take DNA samples from his bones and teeth.
To guard the privacy of the enigmatic artist, awnings will be put up around the museum to stop drones recording the exhumation.
The DNA recovered from the remains will then be taken to Madrid and compared with samples from Pilar Abel, who claims to be the result of a liaison her mother had with Dalí in 1955. read more