Over the years, some domain flippers have made millions of dollars from the sale of some special domains. The most expensive domains share similar characteristics. These include simplicity, high cost per click (CPC) and usage of .com extension. Most of them are also one-word names.
Here is a list of 10 of the most expensive domain names ever sold. Giving the exact prices each fetched is difficult due to mode of transaction. Learn about Hosting for Domains
Sold by Escom LLC to Clover Holdings Ltd in October 2010 for 13 million dollars, Sex.com made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest domain-only sale in history. This domain is doing very well since it is linked to one of the most used keyword on search engines.
This domain is currently not live due to the many financial problems of the company that bought it, Fund.com, ran into in 2009 after the flashy, all cash purchase of the domain in 2008. The company Fund.com parted with a whopping $9,999,950 for the domain.
When MXN Limited bought the domain in 2007 for $9,500,000, in an all cash transaction, the sale of Porn.com was only second to that of Sex.com in magnitude. At the time, it was the biggest all-cash transaction for a domain.
The story of this scandalous domain is pretty interesting. Before flipping it for a staggering $8,888,888 to a company in Prague, domain king Rick Schwartz had bought the domain at $42,000 from a college kid in 1997. This kid had only the week before snagged it for only $5,000.
After owning it for nearly nine years, Alf Temme sold this domain a Chinese banking service for $8,000,000.
In a private deal considered one of the priciest domain-name swaps in history, Odimo.com walked away with $7,500,000 after handing over Diamond.com to an online jewel retailer.
Nissan Motors sold Z.com to GMO internet in 2014 for 800 million yen, which is about $ 6,784,000
In 2010, Bodog, a Russian online gaming company acquired this domain name after parting with $5.5 million.
Toys “R” Us bought this domain name which now redirects to its official website for $ 5,000,000 in 2009 in an auction.
Shoe Company Zappos, now owned by Amazon, parted with $4,900,000 for this domain in 2008. Dropped Domains: Everything You Need To Know
Other expensive domain names not on the list because their assets were sold along with the domains include.
- com sold for $35 million in 2007
- com sold for $30.18 million in 2012
- com sold for $16 million in 2009
- com sold for $11 million in 2001
- com sold for 8.5 million in 2010