Jane Austen’s Ring Torn From Kelly Clarkson’s Hand By Greedy, Nefarious Jane Austen Fans

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(And yes, we know we are a bit remiss on reporting this, but wanted to close the loop.)

Or so one would think from some of the press surrounding the Jane Austen House Museum’s successful campaign to raise enough money to purchase Jane Austen’s turquoise ring for the same price that Kelly Clarkson paid for it, after the UK government raised some question about whether she would be allowed to take it back to the U.S. Check out some of the headlines:

Kelly Clarkson Loses Jane Austen Ring To Museum

She didn’t “lose it,” she was paid for it, and wisely accepted the same amount that she paid for the ring, avoiding an international incident.

Kelly Clarkson denied Jane Austen ring after museum campaign

Jane Austen ring to stay in Britain after museum beats Kelly Clarkson’s £150,000 bid

Hmm. Our understanding is that Kelly was paid what she paid for the ring–she was not “outbid.”

Kelly Clarkson won’t be getting her hands on Jane Austen’s ring after all

Kelly Clarkson ring purchase thwarted by Jane Austen fans

Well, excuuuuuuuuuse us.

The Mary Sue, a site we have been enjoying lately, got it just right.

MUSEUM SUCCESSFULLY BUYS BACK JANE AUSTEN’S RING FROM KELLY CLARKSON, CAN DESTROY SAURON NOW

Ha!

BATTLE FOR JANE AUSTEN’S RING SETTLED & NOW KELLY CLARKSON KNOWS HOW JUSTIN GUARINI FELT

Okay, that’s funny.

Not completely incidentally, Ted Scheinman filed a funny, gossipy report from the JASNA AGM in the Paris Review that pretty much revealed the identity of the Anonymous Benefactor.

The Englishwoman manning the Chawton House table on floor three was far more coy. “Oh, you can unravel it,” she assured me. “Consider who can spend that kind of money, and then consider which of those people is, shall we say, involved at Chawton.”

Just as many of us thought. (Noted Janeite J.K. Rowling was the other main suspect.)

ETA: Tony Grant has written a wonderfully detailed overview of the whole episode with additional information about the ring itself at Jane Austen’s World.

2 thoughts on “Jane Austen’s Ring Torn From Kelly Clarkson’s Hand By Greedy, Nefarious Jane Austen Fans

  1. I agree that the headlines for the Clarkson debacle were irritatingly misleading. She bid on the ring in good faith, but she must have known the risk. Anything sold for that much, or even the estimated auction value, does not pass by the UK government without scrutiny. The auction house would have informed her that the ring would need an export license and it could possibly not be issued.

    I am really pleased that The Jane Austen House Museum raised the funds to match her bid and the story had a happy ending. The ring is where it should be because it will be displayed properly and housed with other Jane Austen treasures. It was unfortunate that this turned into a media circus.

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