US singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is a big fan of Jane Austen. In 2012, she purchased a turquoise and gold ring that had belonged to the British novelist for £152,450 at auction house Sothebys, against a reserve price of £30,000. Clarkson is a fan of Austen's work and also bought a first edition of Austen's 1816 novel “Persuasion”. Clarkson had intended to wear the ring as her engagement ring. Her then-fiancé (now husband) Brandon Blackstock commissioned a replica of the ring for her, which she has been seen wearing on many occasions, most notably during the 2013 Grammy Awards and the Second inauguration of Barack Obama.