Dalí talks about his iconic ‘aggressive’ moustache

He would, at times, use his moustache as a paintbrush, or feature it in paintings, including Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon, further blurring the boundary between art and life, serious and comedic, the real and surreal.

And as artistic brands go it has proved remarkably durable. Its surreal silhouette has adorned everything from jewellery to coffee mugs, and was even painted on a Delta Air Lines 757 plane in 2010. The same year, a poll for Movember, an annual event for growing facial hair, found it to be the most famous moustache of all time.

In a suitably surreal epilogue, which illustrates his playful motif’s staying power, when Dalí’s body was exhumed for a paternity test in 2017, almost three decades after his death in 1989, his whiskers were still entirely intact, looking like clock hands reading 10.10.

“I was eager to see him, and I was absolutely stunned,” Narcis Bardalet, who had been in charge of embalming Dalí’s body, told Spain’s RAC1 radio station at the time.

“It was like a miracle… his moustache appeared at 10 past 10 exactly.”

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