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The Codex of Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci - $30.8 million

2. The Codex of Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci – $30.8 million

Scientist, Futurist, Artist, Technologist – the 15th-century born Leonardo Da Vinci was truly a polymath – a word used to describe someone whose talent and genius spans several subjects! The Codex of Leicester, also called the Codex Hammer, is one such fascinating book where he describes his ideas about how the Earth and its various phenomenon function.

Realizing the rarity of this book, Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates decided to purchase it for a mind-blowing $30.8 million back in 1994. This makes it one of the most expensive books ever sold. You’ll even find some of the book’s illustrations on the wallpapers brought out by Microsoft!

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