As reported in August, American singer Kelly Clarkson and Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom, both wanted a ring that had belonged to one of the world’s most famous authors. The 2002 American Idol winner had purchased Jane Austen’s ring at a Sotheby’s auction last year. British law temporarily prevented it from leaving the country as it was considered a national treasure.
The museum was told they had until December to raise £152,450 ($235,672) to match Clarkson’s bid. The staff posted information on the website and used social media to help raise money. An anonymous donor contributed £100,000 or $155,000.
It is now six weeks later. Jane Austen’s House Museum has raised enough money to allow the ring to stay in the U.K. This house museum is the cottage that was the author’s home for the last eight years of her life. It is where she did her most prolific writing which included the publishing of four novels.
In a statement issued by Clarkson, she said, “The ring is a beautiful national treasure,” and she is happy Austen fans will be able to see it.
Austen is the author of such novels as Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. Clarkson is a big fan and owns a first edition of another Austen novel, Persuasion. The author died in 1817 but her works are as popular now as they were at the time they were written.
For more information, the previous article about her ring is listed below.
Written by: Cynthia Collins