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Does the export ban on Jane Austen's ring show sense or sensibility?

Kelly Clarkson, we assume, was dismayed when the Culture minister placed a temporary export ban on her recently purchased ring belonging to Jane Austen. The final decision is expected in September.

The purpose of export controls is to ensure that cultural goods which are considered to be of 'outstanding national importance' remain in the UK. The export licensing rules, administered by the Arts Council of England, apply to anyone who wants to take a 'cultural object' (items such as works of art, furniture, antiques, archaeological artefacts and manuscripts) out of the country temporarily or permanently, regardless of its destination.

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