It's a plot straight out of a Jane Austen novel. A family ring with a possible romantic history handed down and finally put up for auction. Except this is the real-life possession of the "Pride and Prejudice" author herself.
Sadly for fans of the novelist, the price of the gold and turquoise bauble is worth more than a paperback. Sotheby's puts the guidance around 20,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds (or about $31,000 to $46,000).
The ring came to Sotheby's straight from Austen's family, along with a note.
Written by Jane's sister-in-law, Eleanor Austen, to her niece, Caroline Austen, in November 1863, it reads:
My dear Caroline, the enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon as she knew that I was engaged to your uncle. I bequeath it to you. God bless you!
Even more delightful is speculation around who gave Jane Austen the ring in the first place. One theory is that the ring could have been a gift from her Irish lover, Tom Lefroy.
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