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The Legend -- and Curse? -- of the Hope Diamond

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Historian Paul Dickson with the Hope Diamond; he remembers all the sensational newspaper stories about the so-called curse of the infamous stone.
Rebecca Sheir
Historian Paul Dickson with the Hope Diamond; he remembers all the sensational newspaper stories about the so-called curse of the infamous stone.

Legend has it a curse was cast on a large, blue diamond after it was stolen from the forehead of an idol in India. Rebecca Sheir visits the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and speaks with curator Jeffrey Post and historian Paul Dickson about the alleged curse, and whether it may have been connected to the ill fortune of the Diamond's last -- and most notorious -- private owner, Evalyn Walsh McLean.

[Music: "Luck Be a Lady" by Bireli Lagrene from Blue Eyes]

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