Kelly Clarkson Stopped From Taking Jane Austen’s Ring Out of United Kingdom
The British government is trying to stop Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring once owned by author Jane Austen out of the country.
The Season 1 American Idol winner bought the gold-and-turquoise ring at auction last year for just over 150,000 pounds — that's $228,000! The singer also scored a first edition of Jane's novel Persuasion in the auction as well.
On Thursday, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export bar on the ring until Sept. 30, all in hope that a British person will step forward and buy the ring. The export ban can be extended until Dec. 30 if there is a British campaign to buy the ring at a recommended price of 152,450 pounds.
Ed said Jane's modest lifestyle and early death at 41 "mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a U.K. buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation."
The government has the power to temporarily halt the export of works judged to be national treasures, but why don't they just put it in a museum if it's so important? Seriously, it's not like Kelly's going to sell it for scrap metal or something.
Jane — who wrote Pride and Prejudice — left the ring to her sister Cassandra, and it remained in the family until it was sold last year. Being the good sport she is, Kelly has agreed to sell the ring should a buyer come forward.