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6-Figure .Com Tops New Sales Chart - Dozens of Flippa Sales Surface - Andrew Rosener Ecstatic Over X.com Sale 

Summer weeks are often slow ones for domain aftermarket news. Vacations, travel and just spending more time outdoors enjoying the weather tend to take precedence - but the week just passed was having none of that! In addition to receiving news of yet another super-sized  3-letter .com sale, we got a list from Flippa treating us to all of their top previously unreleased 2017 domain sales and - though the price was undisclosed - we saw one of the most valuable names on the Internet change hands with a well-known figure from our industry in the middle of a landmark 1-letter .com sale to one of America's most celebrated entrepreneurs.

As has happened so many times in the past, the top spot on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart went to a 3-letter .com. This time it was DCC.com doing the honors as that domain went for $198,000 in a private transaction that also ranks among the 20 biggest sales reported so far this year

The runner-up spot on the Big Board went to YesNames.com's $62,000 sale of Strahovka.com made on the Efty.com platform. The seller told us "strahovka" is a Russian word that is synonymous with "insurance" in that language.

By Ron Jackson

Flippa swept the next four spots on the Big Board (and 12 of 21 places overall) after releasing all of their sales for the first half of 2017 at once. They rounded out the first five on the elite list with Hours.com ($31,000), OVR.com ($30,000) and PetShops.com ($25,001). Flippa also accounted for the only two non .com sales on the leader board - #15 (tie) Print.net at $15,000 and #20 (tie) Gem.org at $12,500.

The .coms swept everything else with help from DomainMarket.com (where #7 GeorgiaBride.com went for $24,888 and #20 (tie) CashForSchools.com brought $12,500), Blue String Ventures (who sold #10 WaterBus.com for $20,000) and Sedo (who claimed four chart entries with a quartet led by #12 AcaiBerry.com at $18,000). 

While a lot of impressive sales were reported this week, the single most impressive one is one we can't chart as the price paid was subject to a non-disclosure agreement. However, the sale of X.com to Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk has to be noted because it was news not just in our industry but in the mainstream and business media around the world. Elliot Silver at DomainInvesting.com had the first comprehensive report I saw on the transaction Monday (July 10). 

Musk, who was the original owner of the domain, undoubtedly spent multiple millions to re-acquire it from PayPal. It is one of only three 1-letter .coms that have ever been released (along with Q.com and Z.com). One of the many cool aspects of this deal is that one of our industry's most widely-known brokers, Andrew Rosener of MediaOptions.com, was called on to find the right buyer and broker the deal. Andrew told me, "It is a historical moment and by far the pinnacle of my domaining career." Our congratulations to him and to Elon for bringing "his baby" back home.

Andrew Rosener
MediaOptions.com

Now, let's get to the charts! Here is how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 9, 2017:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 3, 2017 - Sun. July 9, 2017
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect July 12, 2017)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. DCC.com $198,000 Pvt Sale
2. Strahovka.com
("insurance" in Russian)
$62,000 YesNames/Efty
3. Hours.com $31,000 Flippa
4. OVR.com $30,600 Flippa
5. PetShops.com $25,001 Flippa
6. Routes.com $25,000 Flippa
7. GeorgiaBride.com $24,888 DomainMarket
8. Bouncy.com $22,000 Flippa
9. VXE.com $20,002 Flippa
10. WaterBus.com $20,000 Blue String Ventures

11. Onions.com $18,501 Flippa
12. AcaiBerry.com $18,000 Sedo
13. TourGuides.com $17,501 Flippa
14. Pastries.com $17,100 Flippa
15.
tie
BUTV.com $15,000 Sedo
15.
tie
Citeo.com $15,000 Sedo
15.
tie
During.com $15,000 Flippa
15.
tie
Print.net $15,000 Flippa
19. Alkout.com £9,999 = $12,899 Sedo
20.
tie
 Gem.org $12,500 Flippa
20.
tie
CashForSchools.com $12,500 DomainMarket

Keep in mind that these are the highest value cash only sales that have been reported to us in the past week. This column is meant to be an educational tool,