– Louise West, Fundraiser and former museum curator
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."
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.