$30.8m for Da Vinci

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THE HIGH­EST price yet paid on auc­tion for a man­u­script was for The Codex Le­ices­ter, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s note­books, writ­ten in his mir­ror cur­sive, which sold at a Christie’s auc­tion in 1994 for $30.8 mil­lion.

The Codex Le­ices­ter, a 72-page col­lec­tion of sci­en­tific writ­ings by Da Vinci from 1510, was named af­ter Thomas Coke, later Earl of Le­ices­ter, who bought it in 1719.

Who paid over $30m for it? Mi­crosoft co-founder Bill Gates. – Auc­tions Writer

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