"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 moustache 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 moustache 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
Dalí is buried in a crypt beneath the museum he designed for himself in his home town of Figueres, Catalonia.
His remains were disinterred to help settle a long-running paternity
claim from a 61-year-old fortune-teller who insists she is his only
Bardalet described the moment he had laid eyes on Dalí. “His face was
covered with a silk handkerchief – a magnificent handkerchief,” he told
“When it was removed, I was delighted to see his moustache was intact … I was quite moved. You could also see his hair.”
He said Dali’s body resembled “a mummy; it was like wood”, adding
that it was so hard that experts had to use an electric saw rather than a
scalpel to collect bone samples.
Bardalet predicted Dalí’s body would last a good while longer. “The
moustache is still there and will be for centuries,” he said."