Top 20 Most expensive domain names
In this list most of the domains are related to porn, gambling and investment industry. Tough giving an exact figure is difficult due to the mode of transaction and other constraints; still this list contains domains which are known to have accounts of. Here is the list :
VacationRentals.com – This deal took place in 2007 and the transaction was for $35 million. This is the highest ever deal made to purchase any domain. Brain Sharples, the founder of HomeAway, is new owner of this domain and admitted that he purchased it, as he did not want his competitor Expedia to acquire it.
PrivateJet.com – This deal came very close to become the all time highest deal ever made for domain selling. This transaction happened in 2012 at $ 30.18 million.
Insure.com – Insure.com’s deal happened in 2009 and happens to be the second highest deal of all time for three years, when PrivateJet.com broke this record. Deal was made at $ 16 million.
Sex.com – Here comes the first deal from porn industry. The deal was made for $ 14 million and happened in October of 2010. This domain is doing very well, as it is linked with one of the most searched keyword on search engines.
Hotels.com – This domain was sold for $ 11 million in 2001, however, new owner of this domain couldn’t actually confirm at what price the domain has been purchased, in a TV interview to BBC.
Fund.com – It was purchased in the year 2008 at a whooping price of $ 9.9 million. This domain is meant for a financial service, however, this domain is still not live. I don’t know if owner is waiting to resell this domain in near future.
Porn.com – It is another entry from the porn industry. No wonder why this website is doing so well and why new owner spent $ 9.5 million to acquire it in 2007.
Fb.com – Facebook purchased fb.com in November 2010 at a price of $ 8.5 million from American Farm Bureau Federation. At present this domain is redirected to www.facebook.com, but hopefully Facebook will make good use of this domain and the money spent on purchasing it.
Business.com – This domain was sold for $ 7.5 million in December 1999. Next entry in this list also worth the same amount spent on this deal, but it was made seven years after this one, therefore ranked below.
Diamond.com – This domain was acquired in 2006 at a price of $ 7.5 million. This domain now is live as a diamond online shopping site. It’s really not surprising why owner paid a huge amount for this site; after all he is using it so sell one of the most precious substances available in the world.
Beer.com – It was sold in 2004 at a price of $ 7 million. This domain is featuring for resale on www.aftermarket.com. God bless owner and may they be able to make good profit out of this domain.
Israel.com – Deal for this domain was done in 2008 at a price of $ 5.88 million. However, there is not much information available for this domain. Even Google can’t find it!
Casino.com – This domain was sold to Mansion Limited of Gibraltar in 2007 and deal was settled at a price of $ 5.5 million, however, this investment has given great ROI to the new owner.
Slots.com – This deal took place in 2010 and credited $ 5.5 million in previous owner’s account. Bodog, a Russian online gaming site became the new owner and created new game on this domain.
Asseenontv.com – This domain was purchased by LA Group in 2000 for a price of $ 5.1 million. This domain was used to protect brand name “asseenattv.com” of LA Group. This is biggest domain deal made for defense purpose.
Toys.com – This domain made $ 5.1 million in 2009 for the previous owner. This domain was sold to American market leader ToysRUs.
Korea.com – This is the second domain in our list which is named after a country. Korea.com deal was done at price of $ 5 million in 2004. New owner of this domain is Korea.com Communications.
SEO.com – This deal took place in 2007 and is considered to be a wiser one. Michael Mann, owner of BuyDomains understood the importance of having a good domain name; therefore, he sold his company and invested in SEO.com.
Clothes.com – Zappos acquired clothes.com in 2008 with an amount of $4.9 million. This domain is used to redirect online clothing line shop of zappos.com.
Icloud.com – Apple Inc purchased this domain at a price of $ 4.5 million in 2011. Apple was hunting for all i-domains, around the world and acquired this domain after acquiring iphone.com, which was not as big a deal to mention in this list.
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