BBC's Charles Wheeler at Centre of Unlikely News Story

The Independent 2 June 2006
Guy Adams

Not for the first time, the BBC's Charles Wheeler finds himself at the centre of an unlikely news story.

The veteran correspondent, whose daughter Marina's marriage to Boris Johnson occasionally makes headlines, has discovered he owns a painting looted during the Second World War.

It emerged that a portrait of Eleonora of Toledo, given to Wheeler by a German farmer in 1952, was actually a 16th-century original pinched from Berlin.

Commendably, Wheeler decided to return the artwork to its rightful home, and it was presented to the city's Gemäldegalerie on Wednesday. "I'm rather pleased about it," he says. "Instead of sitting on my bookshelf all these years, it's going to be exhibited properly."
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