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With a $2 Million Angel Leading the Way Things Remain Heavenly in the Domain Aftermarket

Sedo Senior Broker Dave Evanson is kind of like a domain world version of Babe Ruth. If he gets a good pitch (in this case, a good domain to represent) he's going to hit a home run. If you 



Dave Evanson

define a home run as a 6-figure sale, he's hit dozens of them, but what Dave did April 15th (one day after our last report was published) was something different. More like hitting the ball over the stadium roof and into the street a couple of blocks away.

 

Evanson's tape measure blast was a $2 million dollar sale of Angel.com to Angel Studios, a deal that, in addition to topping our latest bi-weekly all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart, ranks as the second biggest sale of the year to date, trailing only Christmas.com at $3.15 million (It may be April but Christmas and Angel couldn't be a more beautiful pairing at the top of the 2021 leader board)!

As has been the case every fortnight this year, there was a lot of good news to report from the domain aftermarket. In another big sale, Neil Bostick, the Managing Broker at QEIP.com, announced their $625,000 sale of IZ.com with the marquee domain moving to NameCheap.

Since I have already used the Babe Ruth analogy on Dave Evanson, what can I say about legendary domain investor Garry Chernoff, who racked up five of the ten biggest sales reported over the past two weeks?! That is so rare it would be like Giancarlo Stanton hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and having it land in the bleachers at the Mets field in Queens! Garry filled the number 3 spot with Scottish.com at $155,000 and put two others in a tie for #5, banking $75,000 apiece for Andar.com and TopSport.com. He added $65,000 for #7 (tie) OfficeChair.com and $60,000 for #10 Joon.com! Garry made three of those sales through Afternic, one via Uniregistry and the another from a direct inquiry.

 

While the .coms swept nine of the first ten spots and 13 places overall on the new chart, the ccTLDs also have a phenomenal couple of weeks, taking everything else on the board - seven chart entries overall. Mark Ghoriafi at MrPremium.com led the country code charge with his $65,000 sale of Boxing.io

 

 

 

 


        
 
     By Ron Jackson

By the way, the Boxing.io transaction was done via bitcoin in order to speed up payment and transfer of the domain. In previous years we treated bitcoin purchases as a trade of assets rather than a cash sale. However, bitcoin now has the same kind of liquidity as traditional currencies. You can exchange it at any time for US dollars as easily as changing euros or pounds for dollars (Ghoriafi, who doesn't use crypto currency himself, received his commission in US dollars). So, if a direct party to a sale can provide proof of the price paid in bitcoin we now treat it the same way as we do other currencies (Ghoriafi, who is thorough in everything he does, gave us the full documentation we needed to verify the Boxing.io transaction).

Two sizeable historical domain sales also came to light since our last report. James Iles learned that Pilot.com sold for $400,000 in 2017 and Scott Mathson spotted a YouTube interview with Calm.com Co-Founder and Co-CEO Alex Tew in which he disclosed paying $140,000 for the Calm.com domain in 2018. We have added those the Year to Date Charts in our Domain Sales Archive for their respective years (Pilot.com is now #16 on the 2017 chart and Calm.com is tied for #56 on the 2018 chart).

Now, here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, April 25, 2021:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 12, 2021 -  Sun. April 25, 2021
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 28, 2021)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. Angel.com $2,000,000 Sedo
2. IZ.com $625,000 QEIP
3. Scottish.com $155,000 Garry Chernoff/Afternic
4. 1of1.com $85,000 Sedo
5.
tie
Andar.com $75,000 Garry Chernoff/Afternic
5.
tie
TopSport.com $75,000 Garry Chernoff/Pvt Sale