Kelly Clarkson's hopes to buy a ring belonging to Jane Austin were dashed when worldwide bids kept the jewellery in the U.K
The singer failed in her bid to buy the turquoise and gold ring which once belonged to the writer, despite buying the ring at an auction last year for £152,450; outbidding the Jane Austin Museum. Donations from around the world from the 'Bring the Ring Home' campaign kept the rock firmly on British soil.
Mary Guyatt, curator of the museum, said she had been "stunned by the generosity" of those who had supported the bid.
Contributions the campaign, set up by the museum based in Jane Austen's former home in Hampshire, included an anonymous donation of £100,000.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey added: "It's clear from the number of people who gave generously to the campaign just how admired Jane Austen remains to this day."
Kelly at the presidential inaugration of Barack Obama wearing a replica of the ring (WENN)
Although Kelly won't be getting her hands on the ring, she didn't seem to mind as long as it was going to a good home. After hearing the museum had been successful in raising funds to purchase the ring, she said:
"The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen's House Museum."
The museum also said it hoped to see Kelly there in the future.
Jane Austen is one of English literature's most famous authors. Fans will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of her novel Pride and Prejudice this year.
Although out of copyright and available free on e-readers, it is estimated that Pride and Prejudice sells up to 50,000 copies each year in the UK.