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The world’s Janites can breathe a collective sigh of relief — a successful donation drive has saved a ring that belonged to Jane Austen from the clutches of an American pop singer.
According to the BBC, Kelly Clarkson originally purchased the turquoise and topaz ring at auction last year, besting a bid by Jane Austen House Museum. UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey barred her from exporting the ring until the end of this month, however, giving the museum and Jane Austen fans worldwide — including one anonymous donor of £100,000 — enough time to raise a counteroffer.
The ring will go on display to the public at the museum, located in Hampshire, England, where the author spent most of her life.
Now, in honor of Pride & Prejudice’s 200th anniversary and the woman who brought us Mr. Darcy, here’s a little something extra.
~ Claire Oliver