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Yoshitomo Nara: Graffiti Charges Against Japanese Artist Dropped In NYC

08/28/09 07:46 AM ET   AP

NEW YORK — Multimillionaire Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara has something to smile about.

Nara was arrested in February for scrawling a smiley face on the wall of a New York City subway station with a marker. He was charged with making graffiti and criminal mischief and even spent a night in jail.

The charges against Nara were dropped Thursday. A judge had previously given the 49-year-old an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. That meant if he stayed out of trouble for six months, the charges would go away.

The incident occurred just before an exhibit of Nara's work opened at a gallery in Chelsea.

Nara's works of doe-eyed, cartoon-like children have sold for as much as $1.5 million.

He lives in Tochigi, Japan.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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