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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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.