Kelly could lose out on Jane Austen’s ring

By admin
14 August 2013

Kelly Clarkson could lose out on buying a ring once owned by author Jane Austen.

An anonymous donor has given £100 000 (R1,55 million) to stop Kelly Clarkson from buying a ring once owned by Jane Austen.

The Mr Know It All singer ? who’s a self-confessed "history nerd" ? could lose out on owning the prized heirloom, which she won at auction in the UK last year, after Hampshire-based Jane Austen's House Museum received a six-figure donation to help it match her £152 450 (R2,36 million) bid.

Kelly was blocked from taking the turquoise-and-gold ring out of the country after it was deemed a “national treasure” and an export bar was placed on the item. Potential buyers were given until 30 September to match the American Idol winner's bid and now the museum ? a conversion of the iconic Pride and Prejudice author's former home ? looks likely to ensure the ring remains in the country.

Government officials are satisfied the museum has shown "serious expression of interest to buy the ring" after receiving the R1,5 million donation, and it now has until December to raise £52 450 (R812 975 ) in order to match Kelly’s bid.

The museum initially tried to win the trinket at auction, but its modest bid was beaten by the 31-year-old star. However, since officials placed the export bar, Austen enthusiasts have worked diligently to raise money to outbid Kelly.

Fundraiser Louise West told BBC News, "We could see the writing on the wall. We knew it was going to go for much more than we could raise in that short space of time."

Although she may not end up owning a piece of literature history, staff at the museum have invited the Stronger hitmaker to visit the landmark in Chawton, Hampshire, southern England.

-Bang Showbiz

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