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11/11/1994 Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

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The Codex Leicester is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. Of Leonardo's 30 scientific journals, the Codex may be the most famous of all. The manuscript currently holds the record for the second highest sale price of any book, as it was sold to Bill Gates at Christie's auction house in New York for US$30,802,500.
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