Talk:List of most expensive domain names

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Can someone salvage this article?[edit]

While I work on very many list articles, the "list of most expensive..." articles are not something I care to work on due to their WP:RECENTISM, WP:NOPRICES, and WP:NOTDIRECTORY. That said, a few suggestions:

Can someone look to see if any "list of most expensive..." articles are WP:GA and WP:FA status? Such articles would help us figure out what to do with this one.

From a small sampling of the related list articles, minimally each entry needs an independent source.

I've gone ahead and changed the inclusion criteria to something that we can reasonably meet. --Ronz (talk) 15:54, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't look like there are any FA or GA articles in WP:FL and WP:GA/ALL (warning, large page). Closest I can find is List of highest paid Major League Baseball players and List of highest-grossing films - both topics where there is a vast amount of media coverage and attention. --Ronz (talk) 00:34, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

source [1][edit]

5 of the top 10 sites are cited from source [1]. So, it is strange that the #1 and other 15 from that list are missing here. (talk) 02:14, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

source [1] is not very trustworthy either. On a related note, source [3] is no source at all. (talk) 22:53, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

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New addition[edit]

Hi! I'm Andrew with MicroStrategy. I'd like to bring to editors' attention for consideration for this article an additional chart that might help provide some more context/resource information pertaining to top all-cash-transaction domain name sales. This chart would also serve as a strong subset of the data already listed, as cash-only sales are seen as the most-definitive measure of the value of the domain name itself. (source:

Below are a few additional sources discussing the top "all-cash" public domain-only sale(s):

As a member of MicroStrategy's digital marketing team, I will not be making edits relating to the company myself. Would an editor be willing to add this chart to the article for me? Glad to assist in any way possible.


Andrewggordon84 (talk) 18:00, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

Having two tables in the article might not be the best approach because there would be duplicate data. An alternative is that we only include all-cash-transaction domain name sales in the existing table. --Matt Smith (talk) 07:17, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
I think that's a great suggestion. If that is the case, I drew together a final version below - please let me know if this might be the best approach/replacement. Appreciate your help and responsiveness!
Domain Price Sale Date Ref $30 million 2019 [1] $13 million 2010 November 17 [2] $11 million 2014 [3] $9.99 million 2008 [4] $9.5 million 2007 [4] $8.88 million 2015 [5] $8 million 2015 [6] $6.8 million 2014 November [7][8] $5.5 million 2010 [9] $5.1 million 2009 [4][10] $4.9 million 2008 [11] $4.6 million 2013 September [12] $3.77 million 2016 [13] $3.6 million 2014 [14] $3.5 million 2018 [15] $3.1 million 2014 January [16] $3.0 million 2014 [17] $3.0 million 2006 [18]

Thanks again,

Andrewggordon84 (talk) 13:02, 22 July 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ "MicroStrategy Sells Domain Name for $30 Million". Business Wire.
  2. ^ "Escom Sells with Sedo for Record $13 Million" (Press release). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Business Wire. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  3. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference telegraph-top10 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Monster $8 Million Sale from 2015 Confirmed - Giant .Net Sale Tops This Week's Chart". 27 January 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ " Sold For $6.8 Million Dollars". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ " Sold for Nearly $6.8 Million". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ "The Top 25 Most Expensive Domain Names". Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  10. ^ Jackson, Nicholas. "Domain Name Prices - 01." The Atlantic. 25 October 2010
  11. ^ "When Amazon Bought Zappos, Also Came In The Box". TechCrunch. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  12. ^ "IG Group spends millions for domain name". Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2017-05-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Two-Letter .Com Sells for Over $3.7 Million in the Year's Highest Reported Sale to Date". 7 December 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  14. ^ "XiaoMi Purchased Domain For A Record $3.6 Million, New URL For Global Users". 22 April 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ "Premium Domain Name Sold for $3.5 Million in Private Sale". Business Wire. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  16. ^ "The Amazing Ascent of How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale". Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  17. ^
  18. ^
You're welcome. The alternative I mentioned is my opinion. Other editors might have other opinions. We need to wait for a few days to see if there are different opinions.
And I think domain names that are paid in installments (such as can be included, too. What do you think?
It looks like some existing listings aren't in your table, such as Have you investigated and confirmed that they weren't transacted in cash? --Matt Smith (talk) 13:35, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Matt Smith, all valid points. Glad to have other editors weigh in, too, of course. In regard to the domain names paid in installments, recent resources and publications don't see them as "completed," which is something that could potentially be noted atop the article, or as a footer/mention. For context, DNJ refers to the LasVegas one as not a full cash transaction (yet), saying the "sale has not even been completed - it is being paid off in annual installments with many years of payments still to go." (
Glad to add to the list (my apologies for leaving it off, as I was a little too focused on transactions since 2003). I know there were previous sources, but glad to reference and update the chart with this at the end if that will help.
Thanks again - looking forward to your thoughts and continued dialogue, especially should other editors wish to weigh in. Appreciate your attentiveness and this process!
Thanks for the additional reference for
I'm fine with listing in a different section. Could you please advise on what the section name for should be? --Matt Smith (talk) 04:48, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
Sounds good - in terms of in a different section, my inclination would be to name it "Domain Transactions Still In Progress/To Be Completed" - also, the expected completion date for is June 30, 2040, so that could certainly be an a new column for that section (perhaps "Expected Transaction Completion Date") (
Thanks again,
Andrewggordon84 —Preceding undated comment added 14:52, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
Hi. The update is completed. --Matt Smith (talk) 15:07, 12 August 2019 (UTC)