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Kelly Clarkson performs during the CMA Music Festival: Countrys Night To Rock on July 17, 2013. The program will air on Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC. - Provided courtesy of ABC/Jon LeMay

Jane Austen ring bought by Kelly Clarkson to go to museum?

09/23/2013 by the Associated Press

A Jane Austen museum says it has raised enough money to buy the writer's ring back from pop singer Kelly Clarkson.

Earlier this year, the British government placed a temporary export ban on the gold-and-turquoise ring Clarkson bought at auction in the hope that money could be found to keep it in Britain.

Jane Austen's House Museum said on on Monday (Sept. 23) it had raised 157,740 pounds ($252,436) -- enough to keep the ring in Britain. The funds were raised in just over a month.

The "Pride and Prejudice" author died at age 41 in 1817, and left the ring to her sister Cassandra. It had been in the family until the auction last year.

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