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Ring fetches £152,000 ($237,000)

Jane Austen ringA ring once owned by Jane Austen sold for £152,450 – that’s more than $237,000 – at Sotheby’s auction house yesterday. That sum is more than five times the auctioneer’s estimate

News of the impending sale was first broken on Jane Austen’s Regency World website. The existence of the ring was previously unknown to Austen scholars.

According to reports there was a tense battle between eight bidders and the ring was eventually sold to a private buyer bidding by phone.

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