Posted: 3:58 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Kelly Clarkson is huge fan of the late Jane Austen’s novels. The Stronger singer purchased a ring owned by the legendary English author at auction last year for over $220,000.
The problem is, authorities in the U.K. are blocking her from taking it out of the country.
British culture minister Ed Vaizey put a temporary export bar on the piece Thursday. His reasoning is that “Jane Austen’s modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a UK buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation.”
The ring is one of only three surviving pieces of jewelry known to have belonged to famed English author. The British government has the power to temporarily halt the export of works judged to be national treasures. The bobble came up for auction last year after it had remained in Austen’s family since her death in 1817.
The export bar has been imposed on the turquoise and gold ring until September 30th in the hope that a British buyer will come forward, but it could be extended all the way to the end of the year if it looks like there is sufficient fundraising to buy back the ring from Clarkson.
Austen’s novels – including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - continue to sell well almost 200 years after her death. Clarkson herself bought a first edition copy of Austen’s novel Persuasion in the same Sotheby’s auction where she purchased the ring.
Kelly’s getting married this year so we’re sure the main ring she’s focused on now is her stunning yellow canary diamond engagement ring.