Art: The Sister's Friend

Wonderful things happen (sometimes) when a painting gets stolen. Last year the City Art Museum of St. Louis lent its $150,000 Cézanne. The Artist's Sister, to the museum at Aix-en-Provence in southern France, only to have it purloined in a comic-opera art theft. Last week St. Louis' Cézanne was back and on display, and worth $75,000 more than before.

The painting (along with seven other stolen Cézannes from elsewhere) turned up last-April, apparently after some undercover ransoming by insurance companies, in an abandoned car in Marseille. Though it had escaped serious damage when the thieves pulled it from its frame, the painting...

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