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Kelly Clarkson bid to take Jane Austen ring out of UK

2 August 2013 Last updated at 11:53 BST

The British government is trying to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a rare turquoise and gold ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country.

The 2002 winner of the American Idol TV show bought the jewellery at auction last year for more than £150,000.

But Culture minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary export bar on it and has appealed for UK buyers to come forward.

The singer has been seen wearing what is believed to be a replica version of the ring in the US, including while performing at President Obama's inauguration.

Nik Gowing reports

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