“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” So says the incomparable Jane Austen. But perhaps Kelly Clarkson would disagree. Since 2012, the American Idol pop sensation has been embroiled in a legal battle over the famed novelist’s ring, which began when the “Since You Been Gone” singer bid £152,450 for the item at Sotheby’s. Eventually, after British government officials learned that Clarkson had won the auction, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed a hold on the gold-and-topaz treasure to keep it on British soil until September 30, arguing that the item is ”so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune.”
And that’s when loyal museum enthusiasts stepped in, launching a campaign for donations to save the ring. To everyone’s surprise, an anonymous Austen fan donated £100,000 to the fund this week, leaving only £49,250 to go before England is able to reclaim the artifact. Meanwhile, Clarkson has been relatively silent on the matter. Whatever makes you stronger, right?
Who do you think should have the ring?