The British government is trying to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring that once belonged to author Jane Austen out of the UK.
The singer bought the ring at auction last year for £152,450. The piece of jewellery, which is gold and turquoise, has had a temporary export bar placed on it by UK Minister For Culture, Communications And Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, who said:
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.
BBC News reports that the ring is one of only three pieces of jewellery that were known to have belonged to Austen, adding that the piece was in the family until Clarkson bought it in 2012. UK buyers now have until September 30 to match what Clarkson paid for the item – this however could be extended until December 30 if a prospective buyer has serious intentions to raise funds in order to purchase the ring.