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 FB.com & iCloud.com 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

1. VacationRentals.com

  • 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

2. PrivateJet.com

  • 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

3. Insure.com

  • 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 Insure.com changed their corporate name to Life Quotes
  • Year: 2009

4. Sex.com

  • 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 Sex.com sold this company to Clover Holdings. Early he sold this domain for $11.5 Million to Escom in 2006
  • Year: 2010

5. Hotels.com

  • 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 Hotels.com bought this domain name for $11 Million in the year 2001.
  • Year: 2001

6. Fund.com

  • Auctioned For (USD): $ 9.9 Million to $10 Million
  • Core Business: Fund.com was basically a tax advisor website that dealt with issues like Finance and capital.
  • Sold To: Fund.com 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

7. Porn.com

  • 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 Porn.com sold the website to MXN limited for $9.5 Million.
  • Year: 2007

8. FB.com

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

9. Business.com

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

10.Diamond.com

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

11. Beer.com

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

12. Israel.com

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

13. Casino.com

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

14. Slots.com

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

15. Asseenontv.com

  • 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 Asseenontv.com
  • Year: 2000

16. Toys.com

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

17. Korea.com

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

18. SEO.com

  • 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 SEO.com. Michael Mann is the owner of WashingtonVC who bought it for $5 Million
  • Year: 2007

19. Cloths.com

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

20. iCloud.com

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

21. GiftCard.com

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

22.FreePorn.com

  • 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

23. YP.com

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

24. Shop.com

  • 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

25. AltaVista.com

  • 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.

13 COMMENTS

  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 fiverr.com. 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 information.you give us all the time useful information.
    thanks again.;)

  3. Dear priya
    always you give some very great information’s please help me out
    to do work from home or other related business and also some
    information on this buying domain names
    Regards
    Ralph

  4. Dear Priya,

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

    Regards
    Kajal Kaamra

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

  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,
    Shrinivas

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  8. Dear Priya.
    It is quite interesting that people harvest huge returns on occasions .
    Thank you for sharing
    Yours,
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