Top 25 Most Expensive Domain Names

Do you know how much money you can earn by investing just $10-$15 in buying a domain name & then selling it to a person or company who is looking for the exact domain name you have purchased?

Do you know domain trading is one of the biggest business on internet because the name you have purchased on internet can’t be given to other person in the world & if someone wants to buy the same domain, he has to buy it from you only.

I have purchased many domains from GoDaddy & made some good money by selling them through GoDaddy auction.

Although I have not made more than 20 times of my purchased amount from any of the deal but there are many people who make thousands or millions of dollars through domain trading business.

Most Expensive Domain Names

Even Facebook & Apple have paid millions of dollars to buy & respectively. And if you don’t believe, here are the prices of the 25 costliest domains. Just read them one by one so that you can know the potential of this business.

Top 25 Most Expensive Domain Names


  • Auctioned For (USD): $35 Million to $40 Million ($1 Million = 6.2 Crores)
  • Core Business: Core business was booking hotels and flight tickets
  • Sold To: Brain Sharples founder of HomeAway bought this website. Expedia was the prime competitor.
  • Year: 2007


  • Auctioned For (USD): $30 Million to $32 Million
  • Core Business: A lifestyle website catering to high end customers
  • Sold To: The buyer is unknown.
  • Year: 2012


  • Auctioned For (USD): $16 Million
  • Core Business: Now it is an online marketing company that helps businesses to generate sales and leads
  • Sold To: The name of the buyer is Quin Street and changed their corporate name to Life Quotes
  • Year: 2009


  • Auctioned For (USD): $13 Million
  • Core Business: Off Course by the very name you could suggest this is a pornographic website. So core business is sex.
  • Sold To: Gary Kremen founder of the sold this company to Clover Holdings. Early he sold this domain for $11.5 Million to Escom in 2006
  • Year: 2010


  • Auctioned For (USD): $11 Million
  • Core Business: This website caters for booking hotels and flight tickets. Now, this domain name worth in billions.
  • Sold To: David Roth, CEO of bought this domain name for $11 Million in the year 2001.
  • Year: 2001


  • Auctioned For (USD): $ 9.9 Million to $10 Million
  • Core Business: was basically a tax advisor website that dealt with issues like Finance and capital.
  • Sold To: was sold to a Nevada based company called Eastern Services Group. The sale was quite controversial and today this website doesn’t exist.
  • Year: 2011


  • Auctioned For (USD): $9.5 Million to $10 Million
  • Core Business: As the name suggest a porn website.
  • Sold To: The original owner of the sold the website to MXN limited for $9.5 Million.
  • Year: 2007


  • Auctioned For (USD):$ 8.5 Million
  • Core Business: was administered by American Farm Bureau Federation.
  • Sold To: You might be surprised to know that the was acquired by Facebook in a meeting held in Atlanta.
  • Year: 2010


  • Auctioned For (USD): $7.5 Million
  • Core Business: was just a high profile generic domain name.
  • Sold To: was acquired by Jake Winebaum and Sky Daton for creating a B2B site.
  • Year: 1999

  • Auctioned For (USD): $7.5 Million
  • Core Business: was owned by Odimo Inc.
  • Sold To: an European Jewelry company bought for $7.5 Million. As the name suits their business.
  • Year: 2006


  • Auctioned For (USD): $7 Million
  • Core Business: was owned by Andrew Miller and Michael Zappy who acquired it for $80,000.
  • Sold To: was bought by Interbrew beer making company.
  • Year: 1999


  • Auctioned For (USD): $5.8 Million to $6 Million
  • Core Business: A website related to tourism.
  • Sold To: Buyers are unknown.
  • Year: 2008


  • Auctioned For (USD): $6 Million
  • Core Business: was an online gaming site
  • Sold To: Mansion Limited of Gibraltar bought which a great online website.
  • Year: 2007


  • Auctioned For (USD): $5.5 Million
  • Core Business: Moniker was the owner of registered in 1995, a popular gaming site.
  • Sold To: Moniker sold the website to Bodog at Snapnames domain auction.
  • Year: 2010


  • Auctioned For (USD): $5.1 Million
  • Core Business: This was an infomercial website.
  • Sold To: In order to promote their brand LA Group, Inc acquired
  • Year: 2000


  • Auctioned For (USD):$5.1 Million
  • Core was a generic name so it was sold very quickly.
  • Sold To: was acquired by ToysRUs, which is an American company.
  • Year: 2009


  • Auctioned For (USD): $5 Million
  • Core Business: was the domain name based on a country registered in 1995.
  • Sold To: It was sold to communications for $5 million.
  • Year: 2004


  • Auctioned For (USD): $5 Million
  • Core Business: SEO is a perfect exact domain name for SEO business. SEO companies would like to buy this generic domain name.
  • Sold To: WashingtonVC bought Michael Mann is the owner of WashingtonVC who bought it for $5 Million
  • Year: 2007


  • Auctioned For (USD): $4.9 Million
  • Core Business: was a domain names suited for clothing and apparel industry.
  • Sold To: Zappos acquired for $5 million in 2008. Later in 2009 Amazon acquired Zappos itself.
  • Year: 2008


  • Auctioned For (USD): $4.5 Million
  • Core Business: was about cloud computing.
  • Sold To: Apple bought from a Swedish company called Xcerion.
  • Year: 2011


  • Auctioned For (USD): $4 Million
  • Core Business: The business of was selling gift cards and other accessories
  • Sold To: Gift Card Lab bought and now it is a $100 Million Company with 100% growth rate every year
  • Year: 2012

  • Auctioned For (USD): $4 Million
  • Core Business: A pornographic website and now it does not offer any free porn.
  • Sold To: The owners are unknown but it is one the most expensive adult domain name ever sold.
  • Year: 2008


  • Auctioned For (USD): $3.85 Million
  • Core Business: or Yellow Pages was offline.
  • Sold To: AT &T bought it from Live Deal.
  • Year: 2008


  • Auctioned For (USD): $3.5 Million
  • Core Business: Earlier it was known as CatalogCity
  • Sold To: Lee Lorenzen acquired it in year 2003
  • Year: 2003


  • Auctioned For (USD): $3.25 Million
  • Core Business: AltaVista was a search engine even before Google came. It dominated the Search Engine world.
  • Sold To: Compaq bought it for $3.25 million.
  • Year: 1998

So these were list of top 25 most expensive domain names ever sold on the Internet. Some of them are still running and some are not.


  1. Great list sharing priya.
    This is very good inspiration for domain auction. These domains are are familiar but auction rate is mind blowing. Articles are very good in this site. Where you are collecting i.e., own writing or from But really inspiration blog this is. Each article presenting valuable information. i am following you every suggestion from this blog. Once again thank you Priya and Preetam.

    Sincerely your reader

    Satish Kumar Ithamsetty
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  2. Hi priya,
    thank you so much for giving me such great give us all the time useful information.
    thanks again.;)

  3. Dear priya
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    to do work from home or other related business and also some
    information on this buying domain names

  4. Dear Priya,

    Thanks alot for sharing such valuable information with us from time to time.
    Really appreciate.

    Kajal Kaamra

  5. Dear Priya.
    Thank you for sharing.Everytime you post valuable suggestion.What about domain bussiness?

  6. Hi,

    Thank you so much to share this information which I was not aware that it could be fetching so much money, can you also tell which Indian or other companies where I can buy these domains, because there are many in MLM too, need your suggestion.

    Your friend,

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