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FAME FILES: Museum, Kelly Clarkson Both Want Jane Austen Ring

A Jane Austen museum is fighting to keep one of the author's rings in Britain after it was purchased by Kelly Clarkson. The former American Idol bought the gold-and-turquoise ring at a Sotheby's auction last year, for more than five times the estimated price. Up until that time the ring had remained in Austen's family; the Jane Austen's House museum had planned to buy it at auction but was outbid by Clarkson, a huge Austen fan. (Though the museum wants the ring, its fundraiser acknowledges it's "very good for Jane Austen PR that a young, famous American pop star expresses a love for her.")



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