I had originally blogged about this ring, once the property of JANE AUSTEN, because she handed it down to her niece CAROLINE AUSTEN, the younger sister-in-law of my Emma Austen Leigh.
Tonight – inauguration evening – I put an end to the story: Guess who PURCHASED this ring?
JASNA NEWS (rec’d last Friday) mentions that Clarkson paid $243,000. A snafu, however: Austen’s ring has been designated ‘a national [UK] treasure’ – and it cannot be exported! “So Clarkson owns a ring she can wear only in Britain. Ms. Clarkson also collects first editions of Jane Austen’s novels.”
A gal with great taste…
Click on her photo to go to Huffington Post’s story on her performance at the Obama Inauguration.