Top 10 Costliest Domain Names On the Web
With so many domain names registered on the web, it was inevitable that some would command a high sale price. The following is a list of the ten most expensive domains in Internet history.
As its name suggests, this site is about wine and teaching people how to buy it. The domain was sold to Virtual Vineyard for $2.9 million in 1999.
This domain was registered in 1994 and commanded a cool $3.3 million four years later. It was purchased by Compaq to host the now defunct altavista search engine.
When people want online gaming, they go to casino.com. Its history is not clear but it did sell for $5.5 million back in 2003.
Purchased for $7 million by Belgian company Interbrew in 2004, the domain houses a site designed for beer drinkers worldwide.
One of the more interesting domain stories, diamond.com was sold for $7.5 million, in cash. The buyer, Ice.com, also coughed up another $2 million to snag seller Odimo’s complete inventory of jewelry.
This domain is still for sale, its asking price a whopping $12 million. Since most of the proceeds will go to a charitable cause, the only benefit for a buyer will be publicity. There have been no takers so far.
Porn always seems to profit no matter what the economic climate is. The adult domain was sold for $9.5 million cash to an unknown buyer. It offers videos and photos to an adult membership.
Meade Technology purchased the domain for around $10 million cash. Fund.com is a site that contains information about the stock market.
Originally owned by Gary Kremen, this domain was snapped up by Boston company Escom LLC for a reported $14 million. The site has pictures, information and videos about sex.
The current record holder for domain sales, business.com went for $360 million to RJ Donnelly, a company that offers listings of contact data. Since there was an entire business that was included with this sale, it wasn’t just for the domain name. The valuation of the domain alone is said to be a bit higher than sex.com.