Kelly Clarkson is denied the right to take Jane Austen's ring out of the UK

The singer bought the piece of gold and turquoise jewellery last year for £152,450

Kelly Clarkson is denied the right to take Jane Austen's ring out of the UK

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A ring that once belonged to author Jane Austen is set to remain in the UK, despite being bought last year by US singer Kelly Clarkson.

The singer bought the ring at auction for £152,450, but it then had a temporary export bar placed on it by UK Minister For Culture, Communications And Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, who was waiting for another UK based buyer to match Clarkson's bid, so the ring could stay in the country.

The ring will now go to the Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire via their Bring the Ring Home campaign, which received donations from across the globe, including a single donation of £100,000 last month from an anonymous donor, reports BBC News. The ring will go on display at the museum in 2014.

Kelly Clarkson has since commented: "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." The ring is one of only three pieces of jewellery that were known to have belonged to Austen. The museum already has the other two items - a bracelet and a topaz cross.

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