Da Vinci's Notebook Sold For $5.1 Million: Here's What's In It
The "Codex Leicester" dates back to the 1500s
Aside from painting the Mona Lisa and designing a hang glider, what do you know about Leonardo Da Vinci? Throughout his life, the Italian artist and inventor kept detailed notes in a series of notebooks, the most desired of which is the only notebook that's ever been sold privately: the "Codex Leicester." This fascinating work of art provides unique insight into Da Vinci's creative genius as well as his startlingly inventive nature. Da Vinci's notebook sold for a record-setting price in 1980, and it's only been topping it ever since.
Written around 1508, the "Codex Leicester" is one of many notebooks put together by Da Vinci around that time. Initially, it was merely a loose collection of about 300 detailed notes and drawings, many of them dealing with water and (no joke) whether or not the Moon was mostly liquid. It's not clear when Da Vinci's jumble of scattered pages were folded into booklets, but it's believed that Spanish sculptor Pompeo Leoni had something to do with its preservation toward the end of the 1500s.
From page to page, Da Vinci's work in the "Codex" changes from thoughts on science to drawings of machines to the inventor's theories. After the pages were bound, the notebook was named the "Codex Leicester" when it was owned by Earl of Leicester in 1719.