Surrealist Salvador Dali, who stunned the world with his dream-like paintings and extravagant lifestyle, died with a flourish - demanding his body be preserved for posterity.

His body goes on display Tuesday with controversy still raging over his place in the history of art.Dali's butler Arturo Caminada wept as he waxed for the last time the famous moustache of the painter who died in a hospital on Monday aged 84. Dr. Narcis Bardolet then began embalming the body of the flamboyant artist and said his technique would preserve it for up to 300 years.