British Government Tells Clarkson To Leave The Ring

LONDON (August 1, 2013)--The British government has stepped in to stop singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring out of the country that was once owned by Jane Austen, which the "American Idol" winner bought at auction last year for just more than $228,000.

On Thursday Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export bar on the item until Sept. 30 in the hope that a British buyer will come forward.

Vaizey said Austen's modest lifestyle and early death at the age of 41 "mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a U.K. buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation."

The government has the power temporarily to halt the export of works judged to be national treasures.


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