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Domain Sales Defy Gravity - 13 Reach Six Figures in an Aftermarket Supernova That Lit Up the Sales Chart

Seeing the domain sales numbers come in over the past two weeks has been like watching the grand finale in a July 4th fireworks extravaganza. Big sales were exploding everywhere you looked. So many that 13 of the 20 names on our latest bi-weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart reached six figures. I would have go to back through the hundreds of sales columns we've filed over the past 18 years to be sure, but I don't recall ever seeing that many on a single chart. 

 

GoDaddy accounted for a sizeable chunk of those six-figure sales - five in all - after releasing their top 20 sales for the month of October (we chart sales when they are made public for the first time, as long as they have occurred within the preceding 12 months). GoDaddy's roster also 

accounted for the #1 sale, SelfMade.com at $977,500 in the 2nd biggest sale reported so far in 2021. They were far from the only game in town though as seven other sources also rang the six-figure bell.

George Kirikos found the next highest one, Blade.com at $503,000 in a new SEC filing that disclosed the name was acquired on December 16th by an aviation company that is about to go public. The #3 sale went to Shane Kinsch who collected $400,000 for FTA.com, a domain he had originally registered for $70 back in 1999! Andrew Rosener at MediaOptions.com single handedly rounded out the first five by brokering the sales of both #4 Badger.com at $300,000 (as Elliot Silver detailed at DomainInvesting.com) and #5 Metaverse.io at $175,000. The latter also ranks as the biggest ccTLD sale reported so far this year.

 

It was a good week for PerfectName.com too as they hit pay dirt twice. In addition to their $138,000 sale of #9 Cope.com they claimed another place on the elite list with #18 Felt.com at $74,750.

 

 

 

 


        
 
     By Ron Jackson

I usually try to write more about every six-figure sale, but there is so much ground to cover this week, I'll refer you to a James Iles post at NamePros in which James has more details on most of these six-figure deals. James also noted yet another six-figure transaction in which DomainMarket's Michael Mann is selling DigitalArtists.com for $300,000. We don't chart sales until all payments and the transfer have been completed. This one was still in escrow as of this writing but will likely be ready to chart in our next report. 

Before we go to the new chart, I also want to tell you about another major historical sale that master domain sleuth George Kirikos has uncovered. This one goes all the way back to 2005 and involves one of best known domains in the travel world - Booking.com. In an old filing, George learned that the company purchased the domain for 502,500 ($662,446 at the exchange rate in effect at that time). We have added that sale to the list of 2005's biggest sales in our Domain Sales Archive where it is the 8th biggest sale recorded that year. 

There is an interesting side note to that. When I went to the 2005 page to add Booking.com I was surprised to find two other very familiar names on the list. The biggest sale reported that year was Fish.com at $1,020,000. A good bit further down the list was Bird.com at $200,000. Just last month both Bird.com and Fish.com were sold again and were the top two sales in the RightOfTheDot Live Online Domain Auction. As you would expect, the 2021 prices were much higher but this time Bird.com, at $2.5 million, flew past the $1.6 million that Fish.com reeled in. When those transactions close they will be added to our charts.

Now that we are back in the present, we had better stay there as there is a lot to get to! Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, March 14, 2021:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. March 1, 2021 -  Sun. March 14, 2021
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect March 17, 2021)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. SelfMade.com $977,500 GoDaddy
2. Blade.com $503,000 Pvt Sale
3. FTA.com $400,000 Shane Kinsch
4. Badger.com $300,000 MediaOptions
5. Metaverse.io $175,000 MediaOptions
6.
tie
CGD.com $150,000 GoDaddy