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Jane Austen museum in bid to buy author's ring from Kelly Clarkson

The Associated Press, Monday, August 12, 2013, 8:25am (PDT)
  • LONDON (AP) — Jane Austen's House Museum says it has received a $155,000 donation to help it buy the "Pride and Prejudice" writer's ring back from singer Kelly Clarkson.

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    Earlier this month the British government placed a temporary export ban on the gold-and-turquoise ring in the hope that money could be found to keep it in Britain.

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    The museum said Monday that it had raised $160,000 of the $236,000 asking price, most of it from a single anonymous donation.

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    Clarkson, an Austen fan, bought the ring at auction last year but has been prevented from taking it home to the United States. Museum fundraiser Louise West said the situation is a shame for Clarkson but that "the ring should stay in this country because there is so little of Austen's personal effects left."

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