Kelly Clarkson: I'm happy Jane Austen's ring will stay in the United Kingdom
UPI News Service, 09/23/2013
A ring that once belonged to English literature icon Jane Austen will stay in the United Kingdom after donors matched a bid by U.S. pop star Kelly Clarkson.
Clarkson acquired the bauble for $230,000 at a Sotheby's auction in London last year, but British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed an export ban on it until Sept. 30 to allow someone in Austen's native Britain "to show a serious expression of interest to buy the ring."
The Jane Austen museum in the author's home in Chawton successfully raised the money needed to buy back the ring and it is now set to go on display at the house early next year.