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Editor's Note: During the current Covid-19 epidemic we are publishing the domain sales report every other week. The latest report from July 22, 2020 is below. The next column will be released Wednesday evening, August 5, 2020. We review current conditions at the start of each month in anticipation of resuming our usual weekly release schedule as soon as possible. As I write this (on July 29) our state, Florida, continues to reach record highs in new cases and hospitalizations daily, so we still have a lot of containment work to do.

A Six-Figure Memento Will Help Sedo's Dave Evanson Remember This Week's Sales Chart + Treasure Trove of Historical Sales Uncovered

Sedo Senior Broker Dave Evanson has had so many six-figure sales over the years it must be getting hard to remember them all! Still, I'm sure  being at the top of our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart never gets old for anyone who sells domains. Dave makes his latest trip to the penthouse after brokering a $148,000 deal for Memento.com. That was the only six-figure sale reported over the past two weeks (we have been releasing new reports every other week during the current Covid-19 pandemic).

 

Another industry pioneer who is widely known as a .com guy, DomainMarket.com Founder Michael Mann, claimed the #2 spot, but this time he did it with a ccTLD. That was Dance.co at a cool $58,000 with the domain 

already being put to use by its buyer, an electric bicycle subscription service with big growth plans. 

The non .com gTLDs also had a big score this week with Sedo's $45,000 sale of #3 Movies.net. That also ranks as one of the six biggest non .com gTLD sales of the year to date and one of 2020's three biggest .net sales to date.

Sedo rounded out the first five with a pair or .coms, FlappyBird.com at $35,000 and Medicannabis.com at $25,770 - and they were just getting started. Like a baseball team playing in an empty stadium (due to the pandemic), Sedo had the field to themselves as few other venues issued sale reports. That, and a combination of their own solid sales, cleared the way for Sedo to sweep every remaining chart entry (one, #12 (tie) SA.global at $12,500, was closed there by Afilias broker Mark Ghoriafi). Sedo's haul included all 11 of the .coms on the leader board, four of the five ccTLDs and all four of the non .com gTLDs.

 

 

 

 


        
 
     By Ron Jackson

The non .com gTLDs had two entries in the top ten with #7 Reality.app at $24,000 joining Movies.net. The ccTLDs also put two sales on the top half of the elite list with #9 Sistems.de at $23,000 accompanying Dance.co.

Before we go to the new charts, I want to tell you about some big previously unreleased historical domain sales that were discovered since our last report. This came about after the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) launched a new full text search engine that gives researchers access to corporate documents going all the way back to the year 2000. Previously, you couldn't go further back than the past four years. We learned about this new development from George Kirikos, the master of uncovering previously unknown blockbuster sales. George immediately put the new search function to work and found documentation of a $2,125,000 sale of Delta.com in 2000 (we didn't start tracking, documenting and charting domain sales until the fall of 2003).

George found many other notable sales that he shared on his blog at FreeSpeech.com, along with news about the SEC's expanded search engine capabilities. That prompted others to start digging too and allowed James Iles to uncover a $1.3 million sale of Banks.com that Sedo made in 2006 (it was likely under an NDA at the time bit SEC filings are public records). NameBio discovered that Telecom.com was sold by Symmetricom to Deutsche Telekom in 2007 for $700,000 and  DomainInvesting's Elliot Silver dug up a $500,000 sale of Aladdin.com in 2004. Kirikos also found a document that indicates Shift.com was purchased by Insurance Acquisition Corp. for $385,000 in 2015. 

Great work by everyone involved and kudos to George for spreading the word about this valuable new tool. We will be adding the newly discovered sales that qualify to our annual Top 100 Charts that started with 2004 and add a new list in the archive for verified pre-2004 sales that can now be verified thanks to this expanded search capability.

Now back to the immediate business at hand! Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, July 19, 2020:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 6, 2020 - Sun. July 19, 2020
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect July 22, 2020)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Memento.com $148,000 Sedo
2. Dance.co $58,000 DomainMarket
3. Movies.net $45,000 Sedo
4. FlappyBird.com $35,000 Sedo
5. Medicannibis.com $25,770 Sedo
6. SelectBet.com $25,000 Sedo