Musuem's bid for Austen ring

A Jane Austen museum in Hampshire has launched an appeal to raise £152,450 to keep a ring once owned by the famous author in Britain after it was bought by a US popstar.

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Jane Austen's ring 'should stay in this country'

Kelly Clarkson should have been informed that this export ban was likely to happen. This is nothing against her at all - it could be anyone - and it does happen all the time, but we know that it is a shame for her.

But the ring should stay in this country because there is so little of Austen's personal effects left anywhere at all and it would be great to bring it back to the house where she probably wore it and on the bicentennial year of the publishing of Pride And Prejudice."

– Louise West, Fundraiser and former museum curator

Hampshire Museum bids for Jane Austen's ring

A Jane Austen museum in Hampshire has launched an appeal to raise £152,450 to keep a ring once owned by the famous author in Britain after it was bought by a US popstar.

Singer Kelly Clarkson acquired the turquoise and gold ring at auction at Sotheby's in London in 2012, but Culture minister Ed Vaizey put an export ban on it until September 30 2013, to allow someone in Britain "to show a serious expression of interest to buy the ring".

This expression has now been lodged by the museum based in Austen's home in Chawton and the appeal has received a £100,000 anonymous donation.

Fundraiser and former museum curator Louise West said: "We are very confident we can match this price."

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