A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 12, 1953

Dear Time-Reader

RENOIR'S "VENUS VICTORIEUSE" HAS FINALLY COME OVER THE MOUNTAINS. SALE OF THE REJECTED MAIDEN HAS BEEN COMPLETED. I FOR ONE AM MOST HAPPY THAT THE OLD GIRL HAS FOUND SOMEONE WHO LOVES HER.

RUSS SACKETT

This telegram from TIME'S correspondent in Portland, Ore. refers to the lady pictured above. She has had a stormy career in recent months, and I'd like to tell you how TIME helped bring about a happy ending to her story.

You may remember reading in the Art section (TIME, July 6) that this statue had been purchased from a Manhattan dealer for the city of Salem,...

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