The Codex Leicester, is essentially a manuscript that includes his scientific books Leonardo da Vinci. Not only is it the second most expensive book in the world, but it is also the one that caught the attention of the Microsoft founder. Bill Gates.
Gates is now one of the richest people in the world, with a fortune of $ 2020 billion in January 108.
Those who follow him Bill Gates on social media know for sure that the founder of Microsoft reads a lot of books.
Each year, it recommends books to read and sends random collections of books and much more to anyone lucky enough to get.
Undoubtedly, the Codex Leicester is the most expensive book Gates has ever bought, as it paid at least $ 30.802.500 at its auction. Christie on November 11, 1994 in New York to obtain the manuscripts.
Such a purchase would normally go to a collection, but Gates had different designs.
The founder of Microsoft after his purchase Codex Leicester scanned each page of the script to create digital image files that could be opened on a computer. In other words, you no longer need to have him Codex Leicester to read Da Vinci's science books, as you only needed the digital version of Gates.
And because Bill Gates wanted everyone to have it, made a really bold move: to include images in Windows as wallpapers and screensavers.
Thus, Da Vinci's manuscript became a collection of wallpapers and screensavers available to any Windows user on a CD-ROM. The package first came with Microsoft Plus! and because the content proved so popular, the Bill Gates decided to make the content available in later versions of the OS (Windows 98 and Windows ME).
The founder of Microsoft did not stop here. Since the manuscript was so popular, he decided to create a digital version of it as a separate CD-ROM released in 1997. It was called Leonardo da Vinci, and was launched by Corbis, a company founded by Bill Gates in 1989.
The collection was referred to as an "electronic tool that allows the user to browse English translations of Codex" and included paintings, drawings, manuscripts and lost works belonging to the Leonardo da Vinci.
Things have changed a lot in the meantime and Codex Leicester Not only is it no longer used in modern Windows, but features like screensaver are rarely used these days.
Finding the original digital version of Codex that Microsoft offered 25 years ago is quite difficult unless you still have the CD-ROM somewhere in your home. And if you have it, you are lucky enough, as these things are already collectible and can no longer be bought.