The assorted published accounts of the premature times of the Idol's Eye are worth being incorporated in A Thousand and One Nights, regrettably they must be measured to be completely bogus. The diamond may have been established at Golconda around 1600, but 7 years later it was absolutely not apprehended from the Persian Prince Rahab by the East India Company as imbursement for debt. No such human being is recorded in the history of Persia, and the East India Company was not fashioned until many years later.
The first genuine fact in the diamond's olden times was its manifestation at a Christie's sale in London on July 14th, 1865, when it was spelled as "a grand large diamond recognized as the Idol's Eye set round with 18 minor brilliants and a chasis of diminutive brilliants." It was punched down to a inexplicable buyer purely nominated as "B.B.". Later it is stated that the 34th Ottoman Sultan, Abdul Hamid II (1842-1918) possessed the Idol's Eye. However the Idol's Eye would on no account, as has frequently been asserted, has been positioned in the eye of a place of worship in Benghazi for the reason that there are neither temples nor idols in that city, Benghazi having been Muslim from the time of the 8th century AD.
In 1979 Laurence Graff of London traded the Idol's Eye. Harry Levinson pawned the diamond, before it was sold to Laurence Graff, for exhibiting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at a 1982 function celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harry Winston Inc. In the subsequent January, Mr. Graff sold the Idol's eye; jointly with the Emperor Maximilian and a 70.54-carat conjure Yellow diamond christened the Sultan Abdul Hamid II and contemplated to have once been element of that ruler's jewelry compilation. The sale of these 3 diamonds to the identical buyer is measured to have been one of the peak priced dealings ever recognized.