Museum Raises Money to Buy Jane Austen’s Ring Back From Pop Star

by William White | September 23, 2013 11:36 am

A museum dedicated to Jane Austen, author of Pride & Prejudice, announced Monday[1], that it has raised enough money to buy her ring back from pop star Kelly Clarkson.

Clarkson bought the ring at an auction, but the British government placed an export ban on it in hopes that enough money could be found to keep the ring in the country. The Jane Austen’s House Museum raised $252,436 to keep the ring in Britain. The money was raised by the museum in a little over a month’s time. Jane Austen left the ring to her sister, Cassandra, after she passed away in 1817. The ring stayed within Austen’s family until it was auctioned off last year, reports the Associated Press.

“The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum,” Clarkson told Reuters[2].

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