champion livestock auctioneer Matt
Lowery conducting the RickLatona.com live
auction Thursday in Amsterdam, Holland.
party was held barely an hour after the business portion
of the show concluded with Rick
Latona.com's live domain auction back
at the show hotel - the NH Grand Krasnapolsky.
The auction, made up almost entirely of ccTLD domains,
exceeded expectations by booking over $600,000 in
sales. The highest prices went to DiamondRings.com
(€162,000 = $230,179), Houses.co.uk (€43,200 =
$72,429) and Job.us (€25,200 = $35,179).
also staged the conference itself under a licensing
agreement with T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founders Rick Schwartz
and Howard Neu. I think the feedback you will hear
universally from show attendees is that the Latona team
did an outstanding job in producing this show. It
was first class in every
people stayed over in Amsterdam for one or more days to
enjoy some of the many attractions in this historic and
charming city. Diana and I went to the Rijksmuseum
today (The Netherlands national museum) to admire
the 17th century Dutch master paintings that are on
permanent display. The museum houses a stunning Rembrandt
collecting including his largest and most famous work, The
the Rijksmuseum today in Amsterdam (photos
are not allowed inside).
rhe museum visit we headed to another must see local
museum - the Anne Frank House to see the
rooms where the gifted teenager wrote her famous
diary about the nearly two years she and seven other
friends and family members hid from the Nazis in a
secret upstairs annex during World War II.
Being in those rooms and seeing Anne's actual diary
on display is a very emotional experience for
everyone who visits. The eight were eventually
caught and as a result Anne's life ended tragically
in a concentration camp, just a month before the
Allies liberated the prisoners there.
depressing as man's inhumanity to man can be, there
is still something very uplifting about how a
single, seemingly powerless young woman, could
impact millions of people around the world in
a meaningful way decades after her death - and will
continue to do so for many generations to come.
Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
be heading back to the U.S. Saturday and by
the end of next week we will be publishing our
comprehensive T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs show review
article. It will feature dozens of previousy unseen
photos plus our usual in-depth coverage of all
conference sessions and social events.