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Jane Austen’s Simple but Sublime Ring Sells at Sotheby’s

Dr. Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s manuscripts specialist had this to say:

“Jane Austen’s simple and modest ring is a wonderfully intimate and evocative possession. The price achieved and the huge level of interest it has generated, is a remarkable testament to the author’s enduring appeal and her place at the heart of our literary and cultural heritage.”

And appeal it had, selling for more than five times the estimated price.

The Pride and Prejudice author’s simple piece of jewelery, featuring an oval turquoise gemstone, was a big draw at the Sotheby’s sale this week and went for £152,450. The winning bidder was an anonymous private collector.

The gold ring (size K½), set with a cabochon blue gemstone.