See Inside The Da Vinci Notebook That Cost Bill Gates $30 Million

A rare look at a the most expensive book ever sold

Back in 1994, Bill Gates paid $US 30.8 million dollars for the Leonardo Da Vinci manuscript “Codex Leicester”.

The Microsoft cofounder has put the notebook on display at selected museums, allowing visitors a rare glimpse inside Da Vinci’s mind.  

The 72 page notebook, containing ideas, drawings and diagrams, was written between 1506 and 1510.

The majority of the Codex Leicester contains Da Vinci’s thoughts on the relationship between the Earth, sun and moon.

Leonardo da Vinci notebook

Leonardo da Vinci notebook

Leonardo da Vinci notebook

Leonardo da Vinci notebook

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