Michael Flatley sells his first painting for €5,600

Dancer Michael Flatley created his painting by putting paint on his shoes and dancing on the canvas.

Irish dancer Michael Flatley sold his first painting at auction on Friday for €5,600.

He told the Irish Times that he was "very encouraged and a little bit stunned" at the sale.

Flately created the colorful painting, entitled 'I,' by applying paint to the soles of his shoes and then tap-dancing on a canvas.

For the painting, he danced the Al Capone solo from his show 'Celtic Tiger.'

The painting was donated to a sale of arts and antiques held to raise funds for the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
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The painting, which was estimated at between €3,000 and €5,000, was auctioned at Sheppard's saleroom in Durrow, Co Laois.

“It’s magnificent – very Chinese looking," said one woman of the painting.

“I wouldn’t be mad about him; he’s a genius in his own field but I don’t like the painting," said another auction attendee.

Bidding opened at €2,000 and rose quickly.

“Don’t blame me in a few years’ time when we see these going for millions," auctioneer Michael Sheppard warned the packed room, before he brought the hammer down at €5,600 for an anonymous telephone bidder in Dublin.

"It was an amazing price for a first painting," said Sheppard's.

Afterwards, Flatley revealed that he had created other paintings using his famous feet and that he plans to do more.

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