The World's Most Expensive Domain Names

More

Earlier this week, the Register reported that, according to documents filed in California, Escom LLC had agreed to hand over the domain sex.com to Clover Holdings Ltd. for a cool $13 million. Sex.com has long been considered one of the most expensive domain names of all time: Back in 2006, when Escom purchased the domain from the previous owner, the price was reported to be somewhere between $12 million and $14 million.

Escom is currently bankrupt, so the final deal hinges on approval from a bankruptcy court, but Clover was selected from among a dozen bidders who all wanted the domain.

Sex.com was originally registered by Gary Kremen, founder of Match.com, in 1994, according to the Register. Soon after, it was stolen by convicted con Stephen Cohen and it took Kremen five years to recover it. Cohen, reportedly, was making almost $6 million a year on advertising sold on the site. When a court ruled against Cohen, he was slapped with a $65 million fine, but fled to Mexico.

Most big-name domains don't share similarly turbulent backstories, but their sale price does say something about Internet trends and the value of reaching a large audience on the web.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Technicolor Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In