Domain Sales

    • Gay.com, “worth $7 million”, donated to gay blog

      The domain name gay.com has reportedly been donated for free to a gay rights group despite claims it is worth $6.9 million. The Los Angeles LGBT Center said late last week that it is to take ownership of the domain, which will direct visitors to a recently launched blog. The Center says it is the world’s largest provider of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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  • Billionaire Elon Musk reacquired x.com

    … Billionaire entrepreneur and PayPal founder Elon Musk has reacquired the domain name x.com for an undisclosed sum. X.com was the domain he acquired in 1999 and originally used for PayPal, before its 2001 rebrand. Musk, who currently runs private space travel trailblazer SpaceX, confirmed the purchase in a tweet today: Thanks PayPal…

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  • Uniregistry sale leads to BBC telling millions that domainers exist

    … The BBC dedicated five minutes of prime-time air to telling the British public that domainers exist, after a Uniregistry domain name sale led to interest from producers. The One Show appears on BBC One at 7pm five days a week. It’s the BBC’s flagship magazine program and appears to currently have about 3.5 million viewers per day. It’s…

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  • Sixteen-year-old emoji .com sells for €3,400

    … An emoji domain name believed to be in the first three such domains ever registered has been sold. The domain ☮.com seems to to have been sold to an end-user buyer, via Sedo, for €3,400 ($3,816). The sale appears to have been a quick flip by an Austrian investor. ☮ is of course better known as a symbol representing peace, most associated…

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  • .com-dominated NamesCon auction already has one million-dollar bid

    … There’s still about week to go until this year’s NamesCon conference kicks off in Las Vegas, but the live auction that will close the first day of the show has already seen pre-bidding action. One batch of domains has already received a high bid of $1,010,000, but does not appear to have yet met its reserve. The batch is led by bar.com…

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  • Short .at domain auction raises over $1m

    … Nic.at’s three-stage auction of one and two-character .at domains has raised over $1 million. Auction house Sedo announced today that over 1,000 .at names were sold, for a combined total of over $1 million. The biggest-ticket name was c.at, which went for €56,000, according to Sedo. Bidders were not restricted to Austria or German-speaking…

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  • .web could already be a record-breaker as auction enters day two

    … It seems likely that .web has already smashed through the $41.5 million record sale price for a new gTLD at ICANN auction. The auction, which kicked off properly at 1300 UTC yesterday, seems to have ended its first day of bidding at around 2300 UTC last night without a winner. That suggests, based on the rules and how previous auctions have…

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  • Top 2015 new gTLD sale looks like cybersquatting

    …, was a Belgian web designer. The domain seems to have changed hands around May last year. In April, it spent a couple of weeks under Whois privacy. The domain was registered August 27, 2014, the day .fitness exited its Early Access Period and domains were available at regular prices. It seems the same Belgian web designer owns several more new…

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  • Rightside to auction “xyz” domains at NamesCon

    … .xyz made a bit of a splash with domain investors in 2015, but is the meaningless string “xyz” inherently attractive? Even at the second level? Rightside seems to think so. The registry, which does not operate .xyz, is planning to auction at least four “xyz” domains during next Monday’s live auction at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas…

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  • Berkens flogs the lot to Go Daddy

    … Domain investor Mike Berkens has sold almost his entire portfolio of domain names to Go Daddy, both parties said today. Berkens’ company, WorldWide Media sold about 70,000 names to the company, which plans to list most of them on its Afternic Fast Transfer Network. That’s the service that tries to streamline the purchasing of premium-priced…

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  • Is gold.co.uk the most expensive .uk name sale yet?

    … The domain name gold.co.uk has reportedly changed hands for £600,000 ($940,000), potentially making it the biggest .uk domain sale ever. The new owner of the domain is Jewellery Quarter Bullion, a Birmingham, UK-based online gold seller. The deal was announced by press release yesterday. Whois records archived by DomainTools show…

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  • M+M gets $3.5m from two gTLD auctions

    … the string. The .art auction happened well over a month ago, with the final losing applicant withdrawing on July 23. UK Creative Ideas won .art. Whatever it paid for the string would have been shared between nine competing applicants. M+M also said that “strong interest” (presumably no sales yet) has been expressed in its $15,000+ “super premium…

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  • Dot London auctioning 50 registry-owned premium names

    … Dot London is to auction off 50 premium .london domains over the next two weeks. The names are all currently registry-owned, and include the likes of dentist.london, flats.london and coffee.london. The full list can be viewed here. The auctions are scheduled to end on July 30 and all have £100 ($155) starting bids. According to the registry…

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  • Sex.co for sale at $200,000

    … Remember when sex.com sold for $13 million? The owner of sex.co, which according to Whois is Amsterdam-based Quattro Media Co, has put the domain on the market with a buy-it-now price of $200,000. That’s according to Heritage Auctions, which says it is managing the sale. There are no buyer’s fees associated with the offer, HA said in an email…

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