Dali’s trademark moustache intact at ‘10 past 10’

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MADRID: Surrealist master Salvador Dali’s trademark moustache is in perfect shape in its “ten past ten” position, officials said Friday, a day after his remains were exhumed to settle a paternity claim. “I was very anxious about what I would see,” said Narcis Bardalet, the forensic expert who embalmed Dali back in 1989 and who was at his grave the moment he was exhumed on Thursday night for DNA test. “I was absolutely stunned. It was like a miracle…his moustache appeared at 10 past 10 and his hair was intact,” Bardalet added during an interview with the public television station TVE1, referring to the positions of the hands on a clock. Bardalet was one of only a handful of people including a judge allowed to watch the removal of samples from Dali’s remains. DNA samples were taken from Dali’s hair, nail and two long bones, he added. A Madrid court last month granted Pilar Abel a DNA test to determine whether she is Dali’s child, as she claims. Abel says her mother had a relationship with the artist when she worked in Cadaques, a picturesque Spanish port where the painter lived for years. If Abel is confirmed as Dali’s only child, she could be entitled to 25 percent of the huge fortune and heritage of one of the most celebrated and prolific painters of the 20th century, according to her lawyer Enrique Blanquez.

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