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Guns.com Sell for $800,000 at Moniker - Ranks as One of the Three Biggest Sales So Far in 2010

We have learned that Moniker.com has completed the sale of Guns.com for $800,000 to an unidentified buyer. That ranks as the highest .com sale of the new year and is the third highest 

sale overall, trailing only Poker.org at $1,000,000 and Credit.fr at 587,500 ($851,875). Quite an odd twist to have the biggest .com sale of the year ranking only third among all extension sales. You can review all of the Year To Date Top Sales here

You might recall that Guns.com was in Moniker's 

live auction at the DOMAINfest Global conference in January but did not meet reserve. After that event Moniker brokers continued to work hard to close a deal for the category defining domain and have now succeeded. The name was transferred on Friday and the WhoIs record currently has privacy listings. 

Speaking of conferences, we have just published a new cover story - The Rise (and Fall?) of Domain Conferences - For Years They Have Thrived But Can They Survive Oversaturation? - that includes a detailed history of the domain conference business and a look at its future prospects in an increasingly crowded field. I think you will find it interesting, especially some of the previously under reported details of the events that, over a period of several years, led up to the first major conference (T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Delray Beach, Florida) in October 2004.

One other note today, the 37th international ICANN meeting is underway in Nairobi, Kenya. Computer World reports that 800 people had registered by this morning, about 20% less than the usual 1,000 attendees. The fall off has been attributed to security concerns after the Al Shabab terrorist group based in Somalia issued threats against the conference venue. The meeting will run  through Friday and new gTLDs are expected to be a prime topic at the meeting.

(Posted March 8, 2010)

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