Kelly Clarkston (American Idol winner) was described as being forced to sell a $250,000 gold and turquoise ring, once owned by English novelist Jane Austin. Forced is probably a strong word to use since Kelly was reportedly very gracious about her London auction purchase being thwarted.
Ms Clarkson is a fan of the 19th-century author and purchased the ring for five times more than the reserve price of about $48,000 (£30,000).
So what happened? The U.K. government imposed a temporary export ban on an item that is considered to be a national treasure. The ring had been in Austin’s family for 200 years and lawmakers hoped enough money could be raised to purchase it from Clarkson and place it on public display.
On Monday, Jane Austen’s House Museum declared that it had raised the money needed to math Kelly Clarkson’s bid. Clarkson agreed to re-sell the ring which will be kept at the museum—the house where Austin lived the last eight years of her life until her death in 1817.
Kelly Clarkson said in a statement, “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.”
Jane Austen lived from 1775 until 1817, and died aged. Her literary achievements, such as, “Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Sense and Sensibility” have made her one of the most widely read writers in history.
In June of this year, the Bank of England announced that from 2017 Austen’s face will succeed that of Charles Darwin on the country’s £10 note.