September 23, 2013 12:21 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
It looks like Kelly Clarkson’s dream of owning Jane Austen’s ring is about to draw to a close. The American Idol alum and Duets judge had purchased the ring at an auction last year, but was barred from taking it home. Now that a British museum has raised enough money to buy it back, the singer will have to let go of the ring for good.
Last year, when Kelly Clarkson purchased a ring at Southeby’s, she didn’t expect that she would have to return it so soon. Shortly after she invested in the ring, the singer was barred by an export statute from actually taking it home. This provided enough time for a British museum to raise the funds necessary to purchase the ring from Kelly, a move for which she ultimately offered her full cooperation.
There’s no place more appropriate for an authentic Jane Austen artifact than the Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire. This is where the famous author wrote six novels, earning herself distinction as one of history’s most significant writers. Curators at the museum are thrilled that Jane Austen’s ring will be on display, with museum leader Mary Guyatt explaining, “The museum has been stunned by the generosity and light-footedness of all those who have supported our campaign. Visitors come from all around the world to see the house where she once lived and we will now take great pleasure in displaying this pretty ring for their appreciation.”
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