Museum Buys Back Jane Austen's Ring from Kelly Clarkson
The Jane Austen's House Museum, located in southern England, began an appeal to buy the ring after losing out to Clarkson last year at a Sotheby's auction, CNN reports. Thanks to an anonymous donor who pledged £100,000, the fundraising was a success, which will put the ring in the museum's display next year.
Clarkson, who considers herself a major fan of the novelist who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Emma and more, originally purchased the ring after the House Museum couldn't meet the sale price of £152,450, which equates to $231,227. The ring is one of three pieces of jewelry known to still exist that belonged to Austen.
But last month, UK culture minister Ed Vaizey ensured Clarkson wouldn't be able to take the ring outside the country, placing a temporary export hold on the jewelry due to its prestige as part of British history, calling its perceived departure "a misfortune." more on this story
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