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James Booth Tops Chart With Three 6-Figure Sales While George Kirikos Uncovers a 7-Figure Blockbuster 

Domain broker James Booth from BQDN.com has been busy since we last heard from him a couple of months ago. This week he brought us up to date on the major sales he has closed since then - a roster that includes three 6-figure sales and a supporting cast that gave him the top five spots on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and six of the top seven positions.  509.com led the parade at $295,000 in one of the 12 biggest sales reported so far this year. Booth followed that up with CPU.com at $140,000 and Enhance.com at $110,000.

Sedo finally interrupted the BQDN run with their $19,888 sale of #6 LawLeader.com for DomainMarket's Michael Mann. That started a run of Sedo's own that gave them 13 of the 14 remaining positions on the Big Board. Sedo's haul included three ccTLD sales that were the only non .com domains in the elite list. That trio was led by #9 Sofortpay.de ("instant pay" in German) at $14,040

While BQDN and Sedo were busy divvying up the leader board, George Kirikos was busy uncovering yet another blockbuster 7-figure  by poring though corporate reports. The domain in question is Indigo.com and, thanks to George, we are very close to verifying the exact price paid which looks to be just a hair under $2.7 million

By Ron Jackson

The back story on that starts with Elliot Silver at DomainInvesting.com noticing that Indigo.com had changed hands early this year at a then unknown price. Today, while examining a new Annual Report (.pdf file) issued by the domain's new owner - Canada's Indigo Books & Music company - George found an entry on page 47 noting the company had spent CAD $3,387,000 on domain names in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. That is USD $2,702,034 at the exchange rate that was in effect at the time the WhoIs ownership record for Indigo.com was changed on January 11. At this time, the only other domain Kirikos knows they purchased in the past year is IndigoLife.com at $7,100 last summer. George, Elliott and myself are all sending messages to the company's Investor Relations department to ask if these two were the only domains represented in that line item in their annual report (if they confirm this we would then be able to chart the Indigo.com sale which would be the year's biggest to date).  If the company made no other domain purchases, the price for Indigo.com would have been $2,694,934 (that would also make it one of the 20 highest cash sales reported since we started tracking aftermarket sales 15 years ago). If the company made one or more other purchases in the  IndigoLife.com price range, the Indigo.com price would still come in above $2.6 million, making it one of the most notable domain sales discovered to date. George also noted that Indigo announced they would be opening a U.S. store later this year making Indigo.com an even more valuable asset for them.

While we await further word on that front, here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 21, 2018 - Sun. May 27, 2018
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect May 30, 2018)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. 509.com $295,000 BQDN
2. CPU.com $140,000 BQDN
3. Enhance.com $110,000 BQDN
4. Walrus.com $55,000 BQDN
5. WXT.com $26,750 BQDN
6. LawLeader.com $19,888 DomainMarket/Sedo
7. Aboard.com $15,000 BQDN
8. Zofu.com $14,500 Sedo
9. Sofortpay.de
("instant pay" in German)
€12,000 = $14,040 Sedo