Korea.com is the most expensive national domain on the list, and was purchased in January 2000 for $5m. SEO.com on the other hand was purchased for the same amount by the venture capitalist firm WashingtonVCin 2007.
Toys.com was snapped up by the childrens toy retailer ToysRUS in March 2009 for $5.1 million. A lot of money by most measures, but not even enough to get it into our top 10.
11 & 12. Casino.com and Slots.com
Though years apart and with completely different purchasers, the Casino.comand Slots.com domains both managed to fetch $5.5 million a-piece when they were sold in 2003 and 2010, respectively.
Beer.com sold in 2004 for $7 millionto Thought Convergence but if you were hoping to pay it a visit for some hoppy entertainment, disappointment awaits. Today the site is nothing but a blank page.
9 & 8. Business.com and Diamond.com
Business.com and Diamond.com are the ninth and eighth most expensive domain name sales, with both reaching a not insubstantial $7.5 million asking price.
Fb.com was snapped up by the ever-growing social networking monster that is Facebook in 2010 for $8.5 million.Well, youdo have to protect the most obvious contraction of your businesses name, don’t you? You can guess where it points now, but it’s also used as the domain for Facebook employee email addresses as “@facebook.com” addresses are available to the public.
You can probably take a good guess at what you might find on Porn.com, and that fact alone is precisely why it fetched a whopping $9.5 million when it sold in 2007.
Perhaps less familiar than some of the others on this list, Fund.com isreportedly a site for a (surprise, surprise) financial services company. However, at the time of writing, there’s nothing at the Fund.com address, which makes it$9.99 million well-spent in 2008.
Hotels.com was bought for “around” $11 millionin 2001; it seems the new owner couldn’t recall the exact price he had paid for it in an interview with the BBC. Easily done, though, eh. A million here, a million there.
Quite unsurprisingly, Sex.com is well-known for being one of the most expensive domain name purchases of all time, and given how much traffic searches around the term drives, it’s little surprise.
Most recently sold in 2010, Sex.com reached a cool $13 million according to data supplied by the domain name marketplace Sedo.
PrivateJet.com came close to being the most expensive sale of all time, but was pipped at the post by a cool $5m or so. How expensive exactly was PrivateJet.com when it was sold in 2012? Very, at $30.18m.
The most expensive sale, however, actually wasn’t for a gambling or porn site. Instead, it was the purchase of VacationRentals.com in 2007 for a cool$35m. Even more incredible than the price was the admission from new owner Brian Sharples, founder of HomeAway, that he had bought the domain to stop Expedia from getting it.