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Sedo Completes Biggest Domain Sale Ever Reported as Sex.com Closes at $13 Million

This will go down as a landmark week in domain history. Sex.com has officially changed hands for $13 million in the largest cash domain sale ever reported. After a three-month search Sedo.com broker Jeff Gabriel found a buyer - Clover Holdings - for the domain on behalf of Escom who had to let it go in accordance with an order issued by the United States Bankuptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Sedo said Escom had paid $11.5 million for the domain in 2006. However that deal involved both cash and equity according to Gary Kremen, who sold the domain to Escom. In our March 2006 Cover Story about Kremen and the ordeal he went through with Sex.com (published just a few weeks after he had sold the domain) Kremen told us it was a cash/stock deal worth at least $12 million and possibly a good deal more if the domain performed well for its new owners. Unfortunately it did not and wound up in bankruptcy.

By Ron Jackson

Regardless of the terms of the 2006 deal, at its latest cash sales price Sex.com reigns as the new all time cash sales leader, knocking Fund.com (sold for $9,999,950 in 2008) out of the top spot.

I learned about an interesting $238,000 sale of a four-character domain this week but due to a non-disclosure agreement I cannot reveal the name. However, the buyer did agree to let me tell you that the first character in the string is a "4" followed by three letters. That is the highest sale I've ever seen for a domain with a 4 prefix. The 4tunate seller was Brett Robbins. I checked out his sales documentation and also confirmed it with the buyer (who is well known in the industry) to verify that this deal actually happened. 

That big Sex.com sale helped Sedo register a phenomenal week as they went on to sweep 18 of the 20 positions on out latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, including all of the top ten. Their roster included #2 Adhoc.com at $87,750, #3 WebEngine.com at $50,000 and #4 DesignContest.com at $40,000.  

Only the AfternicDLS prevented Sedo from running the table. They scored with #12 DNB.net at $18,388. and #19 AsbestosLawyer.net at $12,500. That DNB.net sale was one of three posted by the non .com gTLDs (all three beings .nets). 

The Country Codes also has three representatives on the Big Board, led by an IDN, #7 Hämorrhoiden.de at $26,287. The others were #10 Diapers.co.in (Indian ccTLD) and a second German country code domain, #11 LTD.de at $18,900. 

Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 14:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 8, 2010 - Sun. Nov. 14, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 17, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Sex.com $13,000,000 Sedo
2. Adhoc.com €65,000 = $87,750 Sedo
3. WebEngine.com $50,000 Sedo
4. DesignContest.com $40,000 Sedo
5. Festgeld.com $35,000 Sedo
6. Valuable.com $28,500 Sedo
7. Hämorrhoiden.de (IDN) €19,472 = $26,287

Sedo

8. BFO.com $23,000 Sedo
9. Moebelhaus.com €15,000 = $20,250 Sedo
10. Diapers.co.in $20,000 Sedo

 

11 LTD.de €14,000 = $18,900 Sedo
12. DNB.net $18,388 AfternicDLS
13. CheckMyRide.com $17,000 Sedo
14. RussianSpy.com $15,000 Sedo
15. Sansibar.com €11,000 = $14,850 Sedo
16.
tie
BuddyFinder.com $13,500 Sedo
16.
tie
Sabi.com €10,000 = $13,500 Sedo
18. Liberia.net $13,083 Sedo
19. AsbestosLawyer.net $12,500 AfternicDLS
20. DomainInvestment.com $12,150 Sedo

 

Keep in mind that these are the highest value sales that have been reported to us in the past week. This column is meant to be an educational tool, not a complete list documenting ALL high value domain sales. Such a list is impossible to produce because many sales are kept private at the insistence of buyers, sellers or both. Our procedure for verifying the accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.

For the many newcomers entering the domain industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market. If you do not understand why specific domain names command the prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases. We highly recommend that you do some basic research before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 6 more five-figure sales just off the chart with Sedo ringing up five of those including JustTurkey.com ($11,500) and Pro-Aqua.com ($11,475). Viewster.com drew $10,500 and two others; Baggu.com and SupportNet.com sold for $10,000 each. 

The AfternicDLS posted another one - GarageDoorService.com for $10,000

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with Anobi.com at $9,999. ChargingStations.com plugged in $9,200, Novamas.com notched $8,100 and BoxOnDemand.com downloaded $8,000.  

Ruined.com rang up a $7,800 repair, MyVideoCard.com captured $7,000 and HappyEnergy.com generated $6,750. Fire-Energy.com and Berlijn.com banked $6,480 apiece while PharmaHouse.com dispensed $6,000. Also, WineryTours.com attracted $5,600 and Bagger.com brought $5,130

Sedo had 62 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
copadavis.com $5,000   corpusvitalis.com $2,850
dreamville.com $5,000 mueblesjardin.com $2,835
killerappz.com $5,000 berlinerin.com $2,700
surplustv.com $5,000 bluevalue.com $2,700
vivint.com $5,000 ergometer.com $2,700
chlorination.com $4,800 frenchweb.com $2,700
coolux.com $4,725 comparamos.com $2,673
pigma.com $4,725 hundebetreuung.com $2,583
travelheroes.com $4,725 jump4life.com $2,552
yauze.com $4,600 tradealerts.com $2,550
get7online.com $4,455 64px.com $2,500
streetme.com $4,452 ancilia.com $2,500
thejury.com $4,200 cardmatch.com $2,500
freecontent.com $4,185 lifeforlife.com $2,500
ganau.com $4,050 petidtags.com $2,500
kikimora.com $4,050 scanme.com $2,500
texte.com $4,050 travelq.com $2,500
velvy.com $4,050 gulflife.com $2,400
nosoco.com $4,000 easyexchange.com $2,250
topmall.com $3,975 ntact.com $2,200
mathplanet.com $3,900 austriashop.com $2,025
buyic.com $3,500 lubricus.com $2,025
ubigreen.com $3,500 mayapress.com $2,025
vqw.com $3,500 onlinecasino365.com $2,025
wifidirect.com $3,500 superplanner.com $2,025
ligue.com $3,443 55u.com $2,000
bsidu.com $3,200 customcycle.com $2,000
foks.com $3,200 flowbar.com $2,000
bokningssystem.com $3,000 mattarena.com $2,000
joysticky.com $3,000 neveo.com $2,000
pkok.com $3,000 traderush.com $2,000

Back at the AfternicDLS NetCredit.com extended $9,850, IdeasMatter.com made $8,750 and Vial.com contained $7,750. Ravenel.com returned $7,000, WebInfoTech.com tallied $6,600 and GiantDeals.com delivered $5,500

AlphaMobile.com accelerated to $5,100, LabPartner.com provided $5,000 and IndigoSolutions.com landed $4,988. Also, MonsterSavings.com and DirectorySoftware.com went for $4,500 each. 

The AfternicDLS reported 86 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,410. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,410
aperfect.com $4,410   empiress.com $2,688
poxx.com $4,388 isunshine.com $2,688
slsu.com $4,382 russianaviation.com $2,600
refugioranch.com $4,290 tecglobal.com $2,588
smsweb.com $4,000 thepivot.com $2,588
ilocator.com $3,950 salesgoals.com $2,570
breakline.com $3,788 magictime.com $2,556
delightme.com $3,788 wewear.com $2,528
soundtracking.com $3,788 begamer.com $2,500
solutionshop.com $3,781 classicsearch.com $2,500
sitetrack.com $3,750 dentalcam.com $2,500
loftgallery.com $3,588 goodversusevil.com $2,500
westerngallery.com $3,530 greyzone.com $2,500
hcec.com $3,500 irrigationcontrol.com $2,500
treadmillratings.com $3,500 new-smile.com $2,500
familyaltar.com $3,488 anewfuture.com $2,488
gline.com $3,388 angellist.com $2,477
dicv.com $3,300 beallyoucanbe.com $2,400
mmkgroup.com $3,288 voltguard.com $2,400
newcarclassifieds.com $3,288 energywellness.com $2,388
expressorder.com $3,188 bartonhall.com $2,370
foodson.com $3,088 wholesource.com $2,300
kcrestaurants.com $3,088 gatewayfellowship.com $2,269
morningtea.com $3,060 neuruppin.com $2,250
tofw.com $3,020 playscrabblenow.com $2,200
globaltradecenter.com $3,000 workdesks.com $2,200
marret.com $3,000 harvestblue.com $2,150
mortgagegroup.com $3,000 morgaine.com $2,104
orsis.com $3,000 crowninc.com $2,088
psychicabilities.com $3,000 homebasedwealth.com $2,088
solarship.com $3,000 legalinternational.com $2,088
amgservices.com $2,988 reviewreport.com $2,088
cargocats.com $2,988 7stages.com $2,000
knowmed.com $2,988 alertmessage.com $2,000
tasteofcountry.com $2,988 californiaconnect.com $2,000
lowcostsites.com $2,980 christiandaily.com $2,000
insepia.com $2,888 clinicalnursespecialist.com $2,000
suratthani.com $2,813 fuelresources.com $2,000
propertyinstitute.com $2,800 groovydo.com $2,000
embraceyourhealth.com $2,788 healthcareglobal.com $2,000
ringcity.com $2,788 nursemanagement.com $2,000
ciocity.com $2,750 ultrarebate.com $2,000
longa.com $2,700 webadressen.com $2,000

Through their expanded promotion platform the AfternicDLS sold five more domains via Sedo; DisasterTeam.com ($2,800), YourLifeInsurance.com ($2,750), EmailGold.com ($2,232), PR-Web.com ($2,232) and RentersView.com ($2,000)

At Moniker/SnapNames UKKitchens.com cooked up $9,500, Antiquite.com tacked on $4,129 and an IDN, 円.com, kicked in $4,026. MyCelebrity.com made a $4,000 appearance and Habrahabr.com hauled in $2,000

Elsewhere KevinWood.com sold CelebrityWeddings.com for $5,000 while GoDaddy Auctions moved HairGrafting.com ($3,171) and TheLiveTVSoftware.com ($2,725) and YummyNames teamed up with Sedo to sell FashionSupermarket.com for $2,299

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

The country codes were led by a quartet of five-figure sales this week, including the German IDNHämorrhoiden.de that tops our latest Country Code Top 20 Chart at $26,287. Since you saw all of the five-figure sales in the all extension section at the top of this report, the highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #5 GrowLights.co.uk, a domain that lit up $9,535 at Sedo.  Sedo went on to sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries overall. 

There were three private sales on the elite list - all Indian .in domains. #7 Entrepreneur.in attracted $8,000 while #20 (tie) CloudComputing.in and Tool.in sold for $5,000 each. 

Chart honors also went to MissDomain.com for #13 Skonhetsfabriken.se ("beauty factory" in Swedish) at $6,373 and to Netfleet.com.au for #17 Forex.net.au at $5,517

Here is how the ccTLD Top 20 stacked up for the week ending Nov. 14:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Nov. 8, 2010 - Sun. Nov. 14, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 17, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Hämorrhoiden.de (IDN) €19,472 = $26,287 Sedo
2. Diapers.co.in $20,000 Sedo
3. LosAngeles.de €8,102 = $10,938 Sedo
4. Yoko.de €7,735 = $10,442 Sedo
5. GrowLights.co.uk £5,997 = $9,535 Sedo
6. Signature.eu €6,500 = $8,775 Sedo
7. Entrepreneur.in $8,000 Pvt Sale
8. Network.co.uk £4,999 = $7,948 Sedo
9. MetaForum.de €5,011 = $6,765 Sedo
10.
tie
HotelCheck.es €5,000 = $6,750 Sedo
10.
tie
Seminararbeiten.de €5,000 = $6,750 Sedo
10.
tie
Umbrella.de €6,500 = $6,750 Sedo

13. Skonhetsfabriken.se €4,721 = $6,373 MissDomain.com
14. Ecolean.ru $5,900 Sedo
15. Koepfe.de €4,200 = $5,670 Sedo
16. LevelUp.co £3,500 = $5,565 Sedo
17. Forex.net.au $5,517 NetFleet.com.au
18. MyGame.eu €4,001 = $5,401 Sedo
19. Hentai.tv €3,800= $5,130 Sedo
20.
tie
CloudComputing.in $5,000 Pvt Sale
20.
tie
Tool.in $5,000 Pvt Sale

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure country codes sales off the chart with Sedo acounting for the bulk of those. Their roster included Farbigekontaktlinsen.de at $4,616, Immokredit.de at $4,455 and a pair of domains at $4,000 each; NapaValley.us and CasinoGames.cc

Sedo had 59 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $3,975 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $3,975
alamo.sg $3,975   nurugel.de $1,620
slt.co.uk $3,975 pfalzshop.de $1,620
edita.de $3,761 1stjob.co.uk $1,590
andermatt.nl $3,713 kranos.gr $1,553
proshop.fi $3,713 saurier.de $1,553
digitalresponse.de $3,615 ubp.be $1,553
antifurtocasa.it $3,375 backpacks.us $1,500
mountainbikes.be $3,375 dummies.co.za $1,500
bami.nl $3,213 impiantodiallarme.it $1,485
country.co.uk $3,180 r.cx $1,450
arzthaftungsrecht.de $3,105 matratzen-kaufen.de $1,418
medizingutachter.de $3,105 allyoucanread.de $1,350
anorexia.nl $2,970 all-you-can-read.de $1,350
eurobots.eu $2,783 brotdosen.de $1,350
edauto.es $2,687 immobilienreport.de $1,350
gek.nl $2,430 tell-us.be $1,350
uiting.nl $2,430 wlp.ch $1,350
affiliatenetwerken.nl $2,410 studieninstitut.de $1,349
casinos-online.co.uk $2,385 zaoza.tv $1,330
unterschriften.de $2,228 comparatarifas.es $1,283
kfz-innung.de $2,025 windjacke.de $1,204
papers.nl $2,025 antifurti.eu $1,134
pellets.fr $2,025 bej.it $1,080
startgeld.de $2,025 filebutler.de $1,079
viererkette.de $2,025 lsm.nl $1,026
marketing-community.de $1,890 neue-domains.de $1,013
dealers-only.de $1,755 webredacteur.be $1,013
fastrack.de $1,755 cheap-hotel-rooms.co.uk $1,000
spread.us $1,750 softball.tv $1,000
nhc.eu $1,620  

Elsewhere MissDomain.com moved PokerForum.eu ($3,375) and Medicinpris.se ($2,430) while GoDaddy Auctions sold FreeCreditScore.us for $1,893

A number of Australian domains sold through NetFleet.com.au and Drop.com.au. NetFleet's hit list included T-Shirt.net.au ($2,500), Barbeques.com.au ($2,346) and Mowing.com.au ($2,000). Prudential.com.au produced $1,500, OneNightStand.com.au added $1,300 and CoffeeBeans.com.au brewed $1,120. At Drop.com.au Bullion.com.au yielded $1,569 and OW.com.au drew $1,526

In private sales MobileApps.in changed hands for $3,000 and a pair on one-letter New Zealand domains; Q.co.nz and S.co.nz sold for $2,500 and $2,000 respectively.

If there are country code extensions in our report that you are not familiar with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here

Global Contenders (Non .com gTLDs: .biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .asia, .pro & .tel)

The non .com gTLDs recorded four five-figure sales with DNB.net leading our new Global Contenders Top 20 Chart with an $18,388 sale at the AfternicDLS. The top sale you haven't yet seen in this category is #5 TLR.org, a domain that Sedo sold for $9,888. Sedo went on to pile up 13 of the 20 chart entries.

The .nets were hot this week taking 9 places on the leader board.  The .orgs had six, including an IDN, #8 中国.org at $5,250 through Moniker/SnapNames. .Info charted three domains, led by #9 Yoyo.info at $4,850 and .biz had a pair; #15 (tie) City.biz at $3,000 and #19 (tie) Soap.biz at $2,700

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending Nov. 14:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Nov. 8, 2010 - Sun. Nov. 14, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 17, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. DNB.net $18,388 AfternicDLS
2. Liberia.net $13,083 Sedo
3. AsbestosLawyer.net $10,645 Sedo
4. MDs.net $11,000 AfternicDLS
5. TLR.org $9,888 Sedo
6. T-Shirt.org €5,000 = $6,750 Sedo
7. SuperCasino.net $6,000 Sedo
8. 中国.org (IDN) $5,250 Moniker/SnapNames
9. Yoyo.info $4,850 Sedo
10. MissingPersons.org $4,612 Moniker/SnapNames

11. Langlaufski.net €2,700 = $3,645 Sedo
12. StockPhotos.org €2,500 = $3,375 Sedo
13. Hangover.org $3,300 Sedo
14. AssociatedDegreeOnline.net $3,200 Sedo
15.
tie
City.biz $3,000 Moniker/SnapNames
15.
tie
GoldCoast.info $3,000 Sedo
17. HockeyShop.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
18. HealthSpot.net $2,888 AfternicDLS
19.
tie
Aufkleber.info €2,000 = $2,700 Sedo
19.
tie
Soap.biz €2,000 = $2,700 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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There were several dozen additional four-figure GC sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with NoOil.net at $2,588. They also sold ISPT.net for $2,523 and Energy.biz for $2,462 in one of the best .biz buys I've seen in a long time.

The AfternicDLS had 25 more four-figure non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,370 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,370
dataprotect.net $2,370   airily.net $1,388
oddfellows.net $2,241 communitycare.net $1,388
opengarden.net $2,150 ienergy.net $1,250
santeodoro.net $2,089 kalpa.net $1,200
tensor.net $2,088 loanmodificationprograms.net $1,200
communitypartnerships.org $2,000 seeforyourself.org $1,200
heilung.net $1,952 onlineprinting.net $1,100
utilitycompany.net $1,520 familyvision.net $1,088
cfit.org $1,500 infotower.net $1,088
flyclub.net $1,500 dctv.org $1,000
lakegeorgehotels.net $1,500 eagl.net $1,000
helicobacter.net $1,462 prodigital.net $1,000
estudia.org $1,400  

Back at Sedo Parigi.net and AllBiz.info brought $2,500 each while Gartenteich.net garnered $2,498

Sedo had 19 more non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,228. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,228
ardennes.net $2,228   shirt-bedrucken.info $1,350
online-payments.org $2,110 reiseberichte.org $1,215
redtubeblog.net $2,025 uniscape.org $1,200
associatedegreesonline.net $2,000 vestidos.org $1,188
diapers.mobi $2,000 minerals.org $1,094
debts.asia $1,800 flatrates.info $1,080
dreamdictionary.net $1,580 oelheizung.org $1,080
headcam.net $1,500 wiege.net $1,013
solarpoolheater.org $1,500 257.net $1,000
safer.mobi $1,350   

Elsewhere GoDaddy Auctions rang up $1,105 for OneStopLanguage.net while Moniker/SnapNames scored with Residential.biz at $1,000

Now that you're up to date on what happened over the past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all categories by visiting our Year To Date Charts page.

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We truly appreciate the industry leading companies who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Richard Meyer of Domain Sales Center also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Wednesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Mondays and Tuesdays our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this article to give you the most comprehensive sales report in the industry. 

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.

 

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