The internet is filled with the most bizarre and extraordinary domain names. And believe it or not, people are willing to spend millions of dollars to acquire their desired domain names. With news hitting markets that one of the most sought after domain names, Sex.com, is up for auction (with bidding starting at $1 million), we thought we would fill you in about various other domain names that have fetched such hefty sums. The list compiled by Telegraph UK of the ten most expensive domain names ever is topped by Insure.com, which sold for a whopping $19million in 2009! The website was bought by QuinStreet and provided life, car, and health insurance quotes.
Currently searching for bidders, Sex.com holds the second spot for fetching $14million when it was last sold in 2006.
Fund.com is at number three, fetching £9.99 million ($14.9million) in 2008. A publicly traded Internet company that operates in the financial services. In fact, there is some dispute as to whether Fund.com or sex.com holds the record for the highest price web domain.
Porn.com, which sold for $9.5million in 2007, is at number four.
Business.com, a business search engine and web directory, is at number five for fetching$345 million in 2007 when Yellow Pages publisher RH Donnelly bought it.
The remaining five domain names to complete the top ten list are as follows:
6. Diamond.com 2006 $7.5 million – a website that sells diamond jewelry.
7. Beer.com 2004 $7 million – search engine for beer. Brewing, tasting, etc
8. Israel.com 2008 $5.88 million – a website proving information about Israel which was bought in 1994 by Joel Noel Friedman, a 46-year-old Jewish American, fearing that it would be misused by somebody else.
9. Casino.com 2003 $5.5 million – online gambling site.
10. Toys.com 2009 $5.1 million – bought by ToysRUs.
Going by the millions of sums these domain names fetch, I won’t be surprised if Sex.com set’s a new record for the highest selling domain name ever.
[Telegraph and HuffingtonPost]