close up of Dali's mustache

Salvador Dali’s Mustache Is Still Intact

Salvador Dali has kept his most iconic image ‘stached away. His sprung mustache is said to still be in place on his corpse, according to embalmer Narcís Bardalet.


There have been so many quotes about the magnificent facial hair, giving it its own cult following, separate from the famous surrealist. One that sticks out right now is “To Gala who is the guardian angel of my mustache also.” This quote comes directly from Dali. He wrote an entire book about his stache that is chock-full of fantastic quotes. Here are some other great ones:

Close up of Dali's face and upright 'stache.

Image courtesy of Art Blart


Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: ‘Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?’
Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.

Dali with mustache twisted into infinity symbol.

Image courtesy of Fancy Sam


“It’s the most serious part of my personality. It’s a very simple Hungarian moustache. Mr. Marcel Proust used the same kind of pomade for this moustache.”


The mustache has survived, even since the death of the artist in 1989. “His moustache is still intact, [like clock hands at] 10 past 10, just as he liked it,” says Bardalet. The body was exhumed to discover if Dali is the biological father of a fortune teller.