Dali was born in Figueres in 1904 and died there in 1989. In 2015, Abel brought the matter to a Spanish court, and today a judge in Madrid ruled that the artist's body should be exhumed for a DNA test.
"The DNA study of the painter's corpse is necessary due to the lack of other biological or personal remains with which to perform the comparative study", the court papers said.
Maria Pilar Abel Martínez, born in 1956, claims that her mother had a secret liaison with the famous painter the previous year while working as a maid for a family who vacationed in Cadaqués near Dali's home.
The goal is to determine whether the painter is the biological father of Pilar Abel, a woman settled in Girona, Catalonia, the region from which the artist originated.
Much later in 1982, he was shattered, on both a human and artistic level, by the death of Gala and after a seven-year physical and mental battle to give renewed meaning to his existence, Dali himself died in 1989 in a Figueras clinic. Martinez says growing up, her mother would tell her again and again that Dali was her father.
Dalí left his estate to the Spanish state.
If her claims are proven to be valid, she stands to acquire the legal use of the Dali name and a portion of his estate.