SALVADOR Dali once called her the most beautiful woman in the world.

And now, in a bizarre twist, the 1600-year-old Dama de Elche has been voted the sexiest Spanish woman of all time.

Hundreds of thousands of people voted in a poll run by FHM to declare the face behind the fourth century Iberian bust officially sexier than Spanish beauties Penelope Cruz, Elsa Pataky, Sara Montiel and Paz Vega.

The bust – discovered in 1897 by a local farmer at L’Alcúdia archaeological site – also beat other historic figures such as Isabel de Borbon who was well renowned for her beauty.

The magazine has since decided her victory was the result of a joke or someone hacking the website and so has re-launched the competition.