Kelly Clarkson purchased a ring that once belonged to legendary Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen at a British auction, but the British government won't let her take it out of the country, due to its status as a "national treasure." Now, she may end up losing the ring altogether, to a museum dedicated to the author.
As previously reported, the government put what's called an "export bar" on the gold and turquoise ring, and has set a deadline of September 30 for any interested parties who can match Kelly's original bid of more than $230,000 to purchase the ring from her. According to the BBC, Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England is now trying to raise the money to do so.
The museum, which actually is the house where Austen lived and worked, already owns two pieces of the author's jewelry, a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross. It attempted to buy the ring at auction last year, but it couldn't come up with the cash. The museum says that it has until the deadline to show "a serious expression of interest to buy the ring," but hopes to actually raise the money by December.
In addition, the museum has invited Kelly to visit the house, where Austen wrote all six of her novels.
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