In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer for over $30 million & Convert into digital version of the Codex as wallpapers


In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer for over $30 million & Convert into digital version of the Codex as wallpapers

In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer for over $30 million & Convert into digital version of the Codex as wallpapers: Bill Gates bought the Codex at Christie’s auction house on November 11, 1994, in New York for $30,802,500. He then had its pages scanned as digital image files and distributed some of them as wallpapers, screensavers, and as the desktop theme for Windows 95. They were also later part of Windows 98 and Windows ME. In 1997, a comprehensive CD version of the Codex titled Leonardo da Vinci was released.

In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer for over $30 million. Three years after that he distributed the digital version of the Codex as wallpapers, screensavers, and a comprehensive CD. 

In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer for over $30 million & Convert into digital version of the Codex as wallpapers




The Codex Leicester (also briefly known as Codex Hammer) is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex is named after Thomas Coke, later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased it in 1719. 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’sauction house on 11 November 1994 in New York for US$30,802,500 (equivalent to $50,858,000 in 2017)


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