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Foot Painting Fetches $4 Million in Strong Sales

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Two abstract works by a Japanese artist who painted with his feet sold for a total of about $6 million in Paris as collectors brush off worries about volatile markets.

The canvases by the late Kazuo Shiraga, who spread paint with the bottoms of his feet while holding onto a rope above him to keep from falling, sold at Fergus McCaffrey’s booth at the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which ended Sunday.  “Ryusen” from 1991 fetched just under $4 million and “Kakueki,” a 1985 oil on canvas, went for $2.5 million.