Top 10 most expensive domains (2023 update)
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Curious about the most expensive domain sales that have ever been recorded? At Openprovider, we have gathered the most expensive ones into a top 10 that might surprise you.
(As many buyers and sellers do not publicly disclose domain sales, this list only contains sales that were made public. Be aware that there might be big sales out there that did not make the list!)
9 & 10. Sex.com – $14 & $13 million
While this domain may be the “cheapest” out of all the domains in this list, it is actually unique, because it was sold twice for record-breaking prices. It was first sold in 2005 for $14 million. In 2010, it switched owners again for a sum no less than $13 million. These transactions put this domain in both the ninth and tenth spot on this list. As can be expected from the name, this coveted domain is currently housing an adult website.
8. Fund.com – £9.99 million
Fund.com was sold for $9.99 million in 2009. Its new owner never launched the website that they were planning to create, and it sold again for a much smaller amount in 2014. Fund.com’s new owner is using the domain for a website that compares insurance companies. This is a common thread in this top 10 of most expensive domains. No less than 4 out of 10 domains in this list are related to the insurance industry!
7. Insure.com – $16 million
Insure.com is one of the other insurance-related domains on this list. It sold for $16 million back in 2005, and it remains a popular website for American consumers to compare insurance companies across different areas.
6. 360.com – $17 million
This short and sweet domain name sold in 2015 for a whopping $17 million. Previously owned by Vodafone, it passed into the hands of Chinese entrepreneur Zhou Hongyi, CEO of internet security company Qihoo 360. Apparently, Zhou is often referred to as a “domain gangster” in Chinese media for his frequent involvement in record-breaking domain sales and auctions. That’s certainly a fitting nickname! This domain is also unique in this list, as it is the only one not primarily serving an American audience.
5. Internet.com – $18 million
Internet.com sold in 1995 for a record-breaking sum of $18 million. Currently, this domain leads to a somewhat mysterious landing page, which states that they are creating “tomorrow’s home of the Internet 3.0”. As a part of this Web3-related service, users will be able to register their own third-level domains (yourname.internet.com) in the future. Even if there is not much to find on this page, a visitor counter still keeps track of the amount of daily visitors – which usually rack up over 100.000 per day.
4. Voice.com – $30 million
This short and catchy domain sold in 2019 for a record-breaking amount of $30 million. Voice.com used to be owned by an American company called MicroStrategy, which possesses a degree of fame for the collection of premium domain names it has amassed. Although Voice.com is off the market now, contenders like Wisdom.com, Emma.com and Hope.com are still available. That is, as long as you are willing to pay a lot! Voice.com is currently in the hands of blockchain-based social media platform Block.one. The domain currently serves as a marketplace for NFTs.
3. VacationRentals.com – $35 million
Although premium domains are usually short and sweet, the top three of this list is actually composed of names that are on the longer side of things. VacationRentals.com sold for $35 million in 2007. The CEO of HomeAway, the acquiring party, has stated his “only reason” for buying this domain name as making sure “that Expedia couldn’t have it”. Although VacationRentals.com has since then changed its business name to Vrbo, the old domain remains active and running. Vacation rentals appear to be booming in the premium domain landscape in general, as another vacation rental company paid over $500.000 in 2018 to acquire vacation.rentals, even with a much less coveted domain extension.
2. Insurance.com – $35.6 million
Insurance.com sold for $35.6 million in 2020, which makes it the second most expensive domain transaction on this list. Its new owner, marketing company QuinStreet, is responsible for multiple of the record-breaking transactions in this list, including Insure.com, Internet.com and the number one domain name on this list. The company describes itself as a “pioneer in powering decentralized marketplace spaces” – and they have just the right domain names to do so.
1. CarInsurance.com – $49.7 million
Finally, at the top of this list of most expensive domains we have CarInsurance.com. This domain sold for a whopping $49.7 million in 2019. As you may expect, this domain indeed houses a website about car insurance. Would we have paid $49.7 million for it (if we had access to unlimited funds, that is)? Not sure, but with over 300.000 visitors a month, it may arguably be worth the money to some.
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