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
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."
She is one of the country's most celebrated novelists, writing many of her works in Chawton in Hampshire. And only last week it was announced that Jane Austen will appear on the next £10 note.
But a row is brewing over whether one of only three items of jewellery owned by the author should be allowed to leave the country. American singer Kelly Clarkson bought a gold and turquoise ring for more than £150,000 at auction last year.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney confirmed that Jane Austen will appear on a Bank of England banknote: the next new character following Sir Winston Churchill. The Governor said: “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical
figures to appear on our banknotes."
He added: "Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature. As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals."
The Austen note will be issued as a £10 note, within a year of the Churchill £5 note, which is targeted for issue during 2016.
A 12-foot sculpture of Jane Austen's character Mr Darcy has gone up in a lake to mark the launch of a new Pride and Prejudice drama. The fibre-glass model was designed and constructed by a team of sculptors in Kent. It' head and torso are the same height as a double decker bus.