Kelly Clarkson stopped from taking Jane Austen's ring back to US

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Government want to keep the ring in the UK as it's considered a national treasure...

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Singer Kelly Clarkson has been blocked from taking a ring once belonging to Jane Austen out of the UK, after she paid more than £150,000 for it at auction.

The ring is one of only three surviving pieces of jewellery known to have belonged to the 19th century English author, which was left to her sister Cassandra before being passed down through the family.

Kelly Clarkson paid over £150,000 for the gold and turquoise ring at auction last year and wants to take it back to her home in the US.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary ban on removing the ring from the country, in a hope that a buyer from the UK will be found.

'Jane Austen's modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare,' he said.

'So I hope that a UK buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation.'

The Government will have until 30 September to find someone with a serious interest in purchasing the piece, in which case the export block can be extended until 30 December.

America Idol winner Clarkson is a huge Jane Austen fan and considers herself a history nerd, having previously bought first edition novels at auction and she making a trip to Derbyshire to see where the 2005 film adaption of Pride and Prejudice was filmed.

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