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Domain Sales Still Booming as 1Q-2022 Comes to a Close With Five 6-Figure Sales Topping Latest DNJ Chart 

After a banner year for the domain aftermarket in 2021, the big question everyone had going into the new year was "will the boom continue?" We still have a long way to go in 2022 but after the first full quarter of the year, digital assets continue to be shining stars in a world beset by a horrifying war and lingering supply chain issues that have ignited inflationary pressures that are impacting economies around the world. In just the past two weeks since our last bi-weekly domain sales report, we have seen three of the year's 10 biggest reported sales (and five that reached six figures), three of the 10 biggest ccTLD sales and five of the 10 biggest non .com gTLD sales!  

A whopping $950,000 sale of Biontech.com that just closed led the charge. That private sale was not supposed to be made public but the details leaked out with Elliot Silver, Domain Authority and George Kirikos the first to report and break additional news about the deal on Twitter. George found a key bit of information, discovering that "other related assets" mentioned in the sale documentation amounted to nothing more than a recently registered typo of the domain (bionetch.com) that was of no value. I noticed in the published documentation that industry veteran Alexander Schubert represented the seller in the transaction, so congratulations to Alexander for his role in helping get the deal done.

 

Sedo Senior Broker Dave Evanson also reeled in a big fish - closing a $550,000 sale of GCP.com. Over the years we've gotten used to seeing Dave in the middle of deals like that but his consistency continues to amaze. Around this time last spring he was wrapping up a $2 million sale of Angel.com and there have been many more in between. 

 

The third one to take a place among the ten biggest sales reported so far in 2022 was a 425,000 deal for BetCalifornia.com that Hitnamer.com closed in 4Q-2021 but just disclosed. That is $476,000 at the current exchange rate but was closer to a half million when the deal was finalized.  

While .coms took the first three spots on the latest leader board, the non .com gTLDs had a spectacular couple of weeks, sweeping 10 of the 20 chart entries, including a pair of six-figure sales that rounded out the first five. Those were Sedo's $125,000 sale of #4 Proton.org and a $105,000 sale of #5 Capital.xyz by DomainHacks (dba Nam.es). The latter sale was the first of eight .xyz sales on the Big Board with six of those rung by the aftermarket queen of the TLD, Swetha Yenugula, with #9 Fortress.xyz at $59,888 headlining her list.

The ccTLDs also had plenty to be happy about with four spots on the honor roll, including two in the top ten. Bar Franek at PageClinic.com used Afternic to sell #6 Mountain.io for $90,000 and Efty moved #7 (tie) Seal.io for $60,000

The ccTLDs and Non .com gTLDs combined piled up 14 or the 20 chart entries giving the non .coms one of their best outings ever vs. the .coms, though the .coms remain in firm control of the highest end of the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           By Ron Jackson

We also have a nice historical find to tell you about thanks to James Iles and George Kirikos who uncovered a 2017 sale of Dave.com for $121,000. George provided the SEC document that left no doubt, allowing us to add that sale to the 2017 Top 100 Chart in our Domain Sales Archive where it s now tied for #49 that year.

Here is a look at how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, March 27, 2022:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. March 14 - Sun. March 27, 2022
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect March 30, 2022)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. Biontech.com $950,000 Pvt Sale
2. GCP.com $550,000 Sedo
3. BetCalifornia.com 425,000 = $476,000 NamePerfect
4. Proton.org $125,000 Sedo
5. Capital.xyz $105,000 DomainHacks 
dba Nam.es