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New gTLD Chartquake: $500,000 .Loans Sale Followed By $300,000 .CLUB Aftershock

Bad news has been piling up for new gTLD fans in recent weeks so a lot of people were shocked Tuesday when Donuts announced they had made a $500,000 all cash sale of Home.loans - the biggest new gTLD sale ever reported. A day later I'm sure some of our stunned readers still haven't picked themselves back up off the floor - but if you haven't you might as well stay down - here comes a major aftershock.

 Today we learned that UK brokerage Brandaisy has closed a $300,000 sale of The.club (which becomes the 2nd highest new gTLD sale ever reported).  Brandaisy broker Kevin Brown provided me with a copy of the Escrow.com documentation of the sale. The buyer doesn't want to be identified at this time so the domain is under WhoIs privacy but I have learned some details about them from a different source and, in order to respect their privacy, I will just say their financial resources will not be at all strained by the price of the domain which is now serving as the home for a luxury vacation home travel club.

In the wake of those two unprecedented new gTLD blockbusters, the #3 sale on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart almost gets lost in the shuffle, even though it too reached six figures through Sedo where broker Frank Tillmans closed the $155,000 deal for Can.com. Sedo also sold #4 Orbs.com for $50,000 with Abdullah Alkulaibi's $40,000 sale of Finchain.com in a private transaction rounding out the first five. Alkulaibi also sold #10 RippleChain.com via Afternic for $18,995.  

By Ron Jackson

Sedo swept 11 of the 20 chart entries to easily win the race among venues. Two others had multiple chart entries. GritBrokerage filled three slots with a trio of .co ccTLD sales - #6 Rival.co at $30,000, #13 Range.co at $18,000 and #19 Curate.co at $14,000. Meanwhile, Michael Mann's DomainMarket scored twice with #15 FiveStarApartments.com at $16,000 and #17 RespiraVita.com at $14,888

Mann's sales helped the .coms pile up 12 places on the leader board followed by the ccTLDs with six (Sedo posted three of those country code sales, matching Grit's three). The non .com gTLDs were limited to two spots - but they were the ones that mattered most - #1 and #2

Here is how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 21, 2018:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 15, 2018 - Sun. Jan. 21, 2018
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 24, 2018)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Home.loans $500,000 Donuts
2. The.club $300,000 Brandaisy
3. Can.com $155,000 Sedo
4. Orbs.com $50,000 Sedo
5. Finchain.com $40,000 Pvt Sale
6. Rival.co $30,000 GritBrokerage
7. Pens.de €23,740 = $29,438 Sedo
8. PayBit.de €23,000 = $28,520 Sedo
9 Quini6.com $25,000 Sedo
10. RippleChain.com $18,995 Afternic

11.
tie
EventLocations.com €15,000 = $18,600 Sedo
11.
tie
Sexkontakt.de €15,000 = $18,600 Sedo