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Kelly Clarkson's Jane Austen Ring Will Remain in the U.K.

Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC (via ABC News Radio)

It's official: Kelly Clarkson won't be able to take possession of an historic ring she purchased at a British auction.

Kelly bought the gold and turquoise ring, which once belonged to late British writer Jane Austen , author of Pride and Prejudice , last year for nearly $245,000 dollars.  In doing so, she outbid a British museum, Jane Austen's House, which already owns two pieces of jewelry that belonged to the author.  However, Kelly was barred from taking the ring out of the U.K. because it was considered to be a national treasure, and the museum was given a chance to raise the money buy it back.  Well, now it has.

According to the BBC , the museum collected donations from all over the world as part of its Bring the Ring Home campaign, and its bid has been accepted.  One anonymous donation was more than $160,000.  The BBC quotes the museum curator as saying that the institution had been "stunned by the generosity" that allowed it to buy the ring.  It'll go on display this December.

According to the BBC, Kelly doesn't mind.  "The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen's House Museum," she said in a statement.  The museum has invited Kelly to come see the ring at a later date.

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