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Portrait of Lord Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton Hope
1887
Lord Francis Hope, the grandson of Henry Thomas Hope, inherited the Hope Diamond. Burdened by debt, he was forced to put the diamond up for sale in 1901.
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Colored postcard showing the Kronprinz Wilhelm, the German trans-Atlantic passenger liner that Simon Frankel used to transport the Hope Diamond back to New York with him in 1901.
1901-1907
The Hope Diamond was sold by Lord Francis Hope and passed through the hands of several gem dealers and jewelry merchants before ending up in New York City.
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Fa├žade of the Hotel Drouot Auction House in Paris, France circa 1852.
1908-1909
Selim Habib purchased the Hope Diamond from the faltering Joseph Frankel's Sons & Co. Habib's later misfortunes fueled a growing myth about a curse on the Hope Diamond.
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1901-1907
Crossing the Atlantic

In 1901, Lord Francis Hope sold the Hope Diamond to London diamond merchant Adolf Weil, who sold the diamond to Joseph Frankel's Sons & Co. of New York shortly thereafter. Simon Frankel sailed to London from New York to finalize the purchase. One source reported that Frankel paid $250,000 (~6.7 million 2014 dollars) for the diamond (Patch 1999).

Frankel brought the Hope Diamond back to New York to try to sell it in America, but received no reasonable offers. By 1907, the market for diamonds had sharply declined due to a slow economy, and Frankel's company faced the possibility of bankruptcy (Kurin 2006). The Hope Diamond sat locked away in a New York safe deposit box while Frankel tried to find a buyer.

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Colored postcard showing the Kronprinz Wilhelm, the German trans-Atlantic passenger liner that Simon Frankel used to transport the Hope Diamond back to New York with him in 1901.
Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 19 April 2017.

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