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Rick Latona Lights Up the Top 20 With Three Charted Domains Including Iran.com at $400,000 

Rick Latona of DigiPawn.com went on a spending spree this week and more than half a million dollars later he was the proud new owner of Iran.com ($400,000), TrackAndField.com ($57,000), Territory.com ($30,000) and Gutter.com ($12,500). The first three names all landed on the top half of our new Top 20 chart and Gutter.com just missed making the Big Board. All four names were acquired in private transactions. In addition to being the biggest sale reported this week, Iran.com is the 6th biggest sale reported so far in 2007.

In another blockbuster deal this week, Great Britain's Validate Ltd. sold Connected.co.uk for 80,000 ($157,931) in the year's biggest ccTLD sale. The seller operates a number of hosting sites in the UK including Hosted.co.uk. The buyer, NetBasic Ltd., is a British web design firm. The amazing thing about this sale is that Validate's Paul Coulson had picked this domain up at Sedo in January 2006 for just $3,500. That's what you call a nice return on your investment.

By Ron Jackson

Still another big private transaction involving BusinessPlan.com occupies the #3 slot at $70,000. Buyer Broker Rob Sequin put the deal together on behalf of new owner Sente Inc

Popular sales venues SnapNames.com and Sedo.com also enjoyed big weeks, placing seven names each on the new leader board. The big guns at SnapNames were #4 GalaBingo.com ($65,750) and #6 Luaus.com ($50,050). The Sedo roster was topped by #7 RightFit.com ($50,000) and #8 Triple.com ($48,000). Afternic.com/BuyDomains.com also earned a spot on the elite list with #13 Specific.com drawing $25,000

.Com swept 17 of the 20 entries with a trio of ccTLDs claiming the remaining positions. In addition to Connected.co.uk, the country codes scored with #19 Best.ch (Swiss ccTLD) at $14,535 and #20 MyTV.fr (French country code) at $13,302. Sedo, a venue that traditionally dominates the ccTLD category, accounted for both of those transactions.

By the way, I will be tied up next week  covering the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference in New York so there will not be a sales column next Tuesday night. You won't miss any of the aftermarket action though as we will put together a double-length report the following week (publishing Tuesday night, June 26).

Summer doesn't officially start until next week but it's clear that things are already cooking in the domain market. Eight of the names sold this week rank among the Top 100 sales so far his year. In addition, every name on our new chart hit at least five-figures (as did a few that fell just short of making the list). Here's how the leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, June 10:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 4, 2007 - Sun. June 10, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Iran.com $400,000 Pvt Sale
2. Connected.co.uk 80,000 = $157,931 Pvt Sale
3. BusinessPlan.com $70,000 Pvt Sale
4. GalaBingo.com $65,750 SnapNames
5. TrackAndField.com $57,000 Pvt Sale
6. Luaus.com $50,050 SnapNames
7. RightFit.com $50,000 Sedo
8. Triple.com $48,000 Sedo
Territory.com $30,000 Pvt Sale
Golla.com $30,000 Sedo

UDBank.com $25,250 SnapNames
PAChildSupport.com $25,250 SnapNames
13. Specific.com $25,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains
14. AnswerMan.com $23,750 SnapNames
15. E-Money.com $23,000 Sedo
16. CareerExpo.com $21,250 SnapNames
17. Premios.com
("Prizes" in Spanish)
14,780 = $19,662 Sedo
18. eCampaign.com $17,750 SnapNames
19. Best.ch 10,927 = $14,535 Sedo
20. MyTV.fr 10,000 = $13,302 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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

There were three more five-figure sales just off the chart. SnapNames sold Unhappy.com for $13,249, as we mentioned earlier Rick Latona bought Gutter.com for $12,500 in a private transaction and LGD.mobi sold for a whopping $10,000 through MWDomains.com.  Incidently, in addition to buying everything in site, Latona also sold a 3-letter .mobi in the mid four-figure range this week. We'll tell you more about that in the Global Contenders section a little later.

First let's run down the rest of the supporting cast in .com. At SnapNames Kelis.com corralled $9,800, CanadianUniversity.com clicked for $9,388 and CyberGreetings.com delivered an $8,900 welcome. FitnessMachine.com pumped out $8,600, CollectiblePins.com pinched $6,833 and BabyAndMe.com discovered $6,776

BigRacks.com and BigBootyBrazil.com brought $6,600 each, CargoNet.com uncrated $5,100 and OmniView.com spotted $5,099. Multa.com mined $5,094, PlasmaCutting.com cracked $4,988 and TechnologyStore.com rang up $4,667. Cochestuning.com commanded $4,650, MaternityWholesale.com marked down $4,544 and Dicon.com captured $4,504

SnapNames sold another 37 .coms ranging from $2,000 to $4,356. You can check those out in the table below.

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$4,356
gamblingsite.com $4,356   tradecity.com $3,000
vancouverhealth.com $4,215 drilldrivers.com $2,888
cancerstudy.com $4,211 rc-cars.com $2,800
0412.com $4,120 shippingsoftware.com $2,766
pincollecting.com $4,100 marriedsexsite.com $2,701
znames.com $3,700 elimo.com $2,700
automatedtrading.com $3,675 extremecycles.com $2,655
humanhealth.com $3,601 pvd-ri.com $2,600
skychain.com $3,600 greatmemory.com $2,600
mediacircus.com $3,600 u-t.com $2,527
vipshow.com $3,556 brigadoon.com $2,516
richco.com $3,427 chastisement.com $2,395
ldsevents.com $3,400 tissuebox.com $2,316
lowinterestcarloans.com $3,388 aromatherapyskincare.com $2,272
lowinterestcarloan.com $3,233 howtobuildmuscle.com $2,250
trackgear.com $3,100 expendable.com $2,144
cheapmexicocruise.com $3,100 lakepowellhouseboats.com $2,060
sugardaddyforyou.com $3,077 bankruptcyflorida.com $2,038
pairgain.com $3,008  

At Pool.com, Islas.com contributed $7,059, HawthornSuites.com booked $3,502, ProfileAnimation.com produced $3,101 and AdictiveGame.com (typo) tallied $2,275.

Back at the Afternic/BuyDomains ActiveExchange, HotSurveys.com uncovered $6,000, CriminalDefenseFirm.com billed $5,500 and BletchleyPark.com posted $4,888. Adventura.com, GlobalEye.com and PowerPartners.com posted $4,000 each while NewCinema.com and WallVault.com went for $3,888 apiece.

PrivateMailbox.com unpacked $3,300, DirectFresh.com distributed $3,288 and BestMortgageDeals.com banked $3,088. Another trio of names; TravelSay.com, SecretaryJobs.com and FurnishedHomes.com fetched $3,000 each. BuyDomains had 57 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $2,888. You can review those in the table below.

Additional BuyDomains Sales Between $2,000-2,888
rball.com $2,888   hardwaresolution.com $2,300
owneradvantage.com $2,888 parentingsource.com $2,288
internationaldirect.com $2,888 joyville.com $2,288
ekinci.com $2,888 destinationliving.com $2,288
datauniverse.com $2,888 frontnine.com $2,200
techanalyst.com $2,800 cameraproducts.com $2,200
theclearing.com $2,750 youthlacrosse.com $2,188
relocationconnection.com $2,688 coastelectric.com $2,188
farinfrared.com $2,688 urbanactive.com $2,150
africasoft.com $2,688 diversitychannel.com $2,100
yogaweb.com $2,600 bermudaholidays.com $2,100
webmosis.com $2,500 tpmdirect.com $2,088
vivamerica.com $2,500 silvertechnology.com $2,088
theatreworld.com $2,500 quiltclub.com $2,088
theatreclub.com $2,500 tmate.com $2,000
momentdesign.com $2,500 telephonebills.com $2,000
mdbar.com $2,500 streetgame.com $2,000
fatdrug.com $2,500 spacesystems.com $2,000
businessglobe.com $2,500 seniorsclub.com $2,000
berman.com $2,500 perfectangels.com $2,000
allmix.com $2,500 megagraphics.com $2,000
signatureclothing.com $2,488 makingamark.com $2,000
shopbabygifts.com $2,488 made-in-france.com $2,000
servicegruppen.com $2,488 image24.com $2,000
firstorder.com $2,488 ecofriend.com $2,000
educatedconsumer.com $2,488 bayriver.com $2,000
shopman.com $2,400 assetconsulting.com $2,000
firsthardware.com $2,400 afcnet.com $2,000
salian.com $2,300   

Afternic/BuyDomains had almost 200 more .com sales ranging from $1,950 all the way down to the $300 paid for YoungAthlete.com.

At Sedo the hits just kept on coming with ITOG.com kicking in $5,500 while Buttonmakers.com and NewPoker.com dealt out $5,000 each. StoryMine.com made $4,750, GoGoBaby.com toddled to $4,475 and WebVideoSearch.com found $4,000

At TDNAM.com, NaughtyAlly.com notched $3,555, Plies.com plucked $3,500 and TonsOfLyrics.com sang about $3,426. ArubaResortSpa.com spawned $3,265, ChampionsGold.com chipped in $2,755 and TicketVault.com took in $2,005

Elsewhere, Enom's Club Drop caught $3,700 with Jazzersize.com

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)

Three-letter domains are always in demand and that was clear again this week when a quartet of acronyms made the Global Contenders Top 20. Two of those were pricey .mobis; #1 LGD.mobi at $10,000 and #3 ATL.mobi at $5,500. Atlanta's Rick Latona sold ATL which is his hometown's airport code. The other LLL domains on the new chart were #12 BRO.org at $2,399 and #9 LSA.biz at $1,800

.Net won the extension race, taking 10 of the 20 chart entries, including #2 ForexPlatform.net, sold for $7,877 at SnapNames. .Org was next with five charted domains including #4 (tie) WebAwards.org at $4,000. That domain was sold at Afternic/BuyDomains, a venue that piled up a dozen chart positions this week.

Along with .mobi and .biz, .info also made an appearance with Justin Godfrey's $3,100 sale of #8 Mature.info in a private transaction. Here's how all of the GC leaders stacked up for the week ending June 10:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June 4, 2007 - Sun. June 10, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1. LGD.mobi $10,000 Pvt Sale
2. ForexPlatform.net $7,877 SnapNames
3. ATL.mobi $5,500 Pvt Sale
WebAwards.org $4,000 Afternic/
Synchronicity.net $4,000 Afternic/
6. NuclearSecurity.org  $3,271 Afternic/
7. SaintLouis.net $3,234 SnapNames
8. Mature.info $3,100 Pvt Sale
9. Barker.org $2,788 Afternic/
SchoolLoan.org $2,500 Sedo
eDesign.net $2,500 Afternic/

12. Bro.org $2,399 SnapNames
13. Fays.net $2,237 Afternic/
14. Magnus.net $2,000 Afternic/
Farnell.net $2,000 Afternic/
PeopleGroup.net $1,888 Afternic/
17. NewLiving.net $1,888 Afternic/
18. EducatedConsumer.net $1,888 Afternic/
19. LSA.biz $1,800 Afternic/
20. Resultados.mobi
("results" in Spanish)
1,300 = $1,792 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 25 more four-figure GC sales just off the chart and Afternic/BuyDomains accounted for 15 of those including IDCS.net ($1,675), Choices.net ($1,630) and a pair at $1,488 each; SymsClothing.net and BWGroup.net. EnergyOne.net generated $1,350, EHE.net nabbed $1,315 and Myron.net managed $1,300

Also at Afternic/BuyDomains, FamilyWare.net unwrapped $1,288, EnviroFuel.net fired up $1,265 and ServiceFinder.net located $1,200. StreetGames.net attracted $1,100 and four others names; WhatMatters.net, TradersTalk.net, BlueYellow.net and Christendom.org bagged $1,000 each. 

At Sedo Kontonummern.info ("account numbers" in German) sold for 1,250 ($1,663) and BayColony.net uncorked $1,000. Sedo just missed another four-figure sale with FamilyTree.info uprooting $899.

At SnapNames, Netcq.net cornered $1,353 and Hund.org wolfed down $1,161. At TDNAM, TrickMy.net trucked in $1,055 while DesertNightsFestival.org narrowly missed delivering another four-figure sale, finishing at $985. In addition to his charted .info, Justin Godfrey sold Crafts.info at DNForum.com for $1,300 and got $1,000 each for Opinions.info and FiberOptic.info in private sales. 

Country Codes

It was a another solid week for the ccTLDs, obviously headlined by that six-figure sale of Connected.co.uk that we told you about earlier. There were also those two five-figure sales that also made the all-extension leader board, Best.ch and MyTV.fr. A pair of two-digit .cc's (Cocos Keeling Islands country code) also made a strong showing with #4 99.cc going for $7,899 and #6 96.cc selling for $5,529. Both of those sales were made at Sedo, a venue that swept all but three of the Country Code chart entries.  

The European Union's .eu, Tuvalu's .tv and Germany's .de had the most chart entries with three apiece. SGE.eu was the top name in that extension, going for $3,858 while #11 Juego.tv ("game" in Spanish) led the was for the video-centric ccTLD at $1,463. #12 Schaufensterpuppen.de
("mannequins" in German) was Germany's standard bearer at $1,330

Along with Great Britain (2 entries), the only other nations represented this week were France (.fr) and Mexico (.com.mx). Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending June 10:

Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. June 4, 2007 - Sun. June 10, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Connected.co.uk 80,000 = $157,931 Pvt Sale
2.  Best.ch 10,927 = $14,535 Sedo
3. MyTV.fr 10,000 = $13,302 Sedo
4. 99.cc 4,000 = $7,899 Sedo
5. Futura.com.mx 5,000 = $6,651 Sedo
6. 96.cc 2,800 = $5,529 Sedo
7. SGE.eu 2,900 = $3,858 Sedo
8. Poker-Games.eu 2,000 = $2,661 Sedo

9. TheCradle.co.uk $2,000 Afternic/
10. SapHosting.eu 1,200 = $1,596 Sedo
11. Juego.tv
("game" in Spanish)
1,100 = $1,463 Sedo
12. Schaufensterpuppen.de
("mannequins" in German)
1,000 = $1,330 Sedo
13. Affiliate24.de 1,000 = $1,330 Sedo
14. Therapie.tv 850 = $$1,131 Sedo
15. Faulenzen.de
("to lounge" in German)
795 = $$1,058 Sedo
16. BizTube.tv $1,001 Afternic/

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

It's worth noting that Sucht.at (Austrian ccTLD) just missed making the chart after going for 750 ($998) at Sedo. Sucht has a dual meaning in German. As a verb ("er sucht") it means "he searches" and as a noun it means "addiction." 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.


As always, we welcome all verifiable sales reports from companies, private sellers or individuals with knowledge of an important sale made through any channel. To contribute information and help make this column better,  just drop a note to [email protected].

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 DotCom Group, LLC also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday night publication to give you the freshest 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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