The top 20 most expensive domain names

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Joe Styler

Have you ever heard about those people who just magically find rare steals at antique roadshows? Like the Joseph Kleitsch oil painting that was purchased for around AU$137 and later appraised at AU$685,537.

If you’re like me, and in this case, I think we all are, you’ve probably thought to yourself, “Why can’t that happen to me?”

While I don’t typically dabble in oil paintings, I do spend time in the domain market. And let me tell you, after reviewing the most expensive domain names out there, there are definitely people who have sold them for enough money to pay a king’s ransom.

When most people think about the price of a domain, somewhere in the range of AU$20 usually pops up. But often, domain names sell for much more than that.

The average price of a domain name sold in the secondary market — buying a domain from someone who already owns it — is in the thousands of dollars.

It is not unusual to see public domain sales reported weekly in the tens or hundreds of thousands, and often enough there will be domain sales reported in the millions. You can check out for weekly domain sales reporting, as well as annual historical sales reports. They report this year’s top sale as for AU$842,689, for instance. It is always good to use this report to see current sales and trends.

Nailing down the most expensive domain names isn’t easy — most of the parties involved often try to keep that information private. There are various reasons for this practice, ranging from wanting to keep their competition in the dark to not wanting others to know how much they’re willing to spend on a domain in the future.

It’s a pretty common assertion that the vast majority of high-value domain sales are done with some sort of non-disclosure agreement in place. Luckily for us, enough sales are public, so we can still have a good idea of the domain market and its health over the years.

Related: Have domains for sale? Here's how to get top dollar

The No.1 spot

Most Expensive Domain Names Number One

The most expensive domain name ever sold has come to light — at AU$41.1 million. Yes, you read that right. sold for AU$41,132,220. Imagine the look on someone’s face when they were told their domain was worth that much!

While many people don’t report the sale of their domains publicly, top lists vary. But as a whole, most people are in agreement with most of the highest sales reported for domain names.

Editor’s note: Want to capture the coveted No. 1 spot in domain name sales? You’ll need to make sure your domains are worth their weight. With GoDaddy Domain Appraisals, you can get the most accurate and comprehensive domain pricing estimates available. We use an exclusive algorithm that relies on both machine learning and real market sales data to estimate domain values.

20 most expensive domain names publicly reported

Here are the 20 most expensive domain names publicly reported.

  1. — AU$41,132,220
  2. — AU$19,195,036*
  3. — AU$17,823,962
  4. — AU$15,081,814
  5. — AU$13,710,671
  6. — AU$13,025,203
  7. — AU$12,187,323
  8. — AU$11,150,944
  9. — AU$10,968,592
  10. — AU$10,283,055
  11. — AU$9,301,366
  12. — AU$7,540,907
  13. — AU$6,992,477
  14. — AU$6,718,262
  15. — AU$6,444,047
  16. — AU$5,168,948
  17. — AU$4,935,866
  18. — AU$4,798,759
  19. — AU$4,250,329
  20. — AU$4,113,222**

Data courtesy of DNJournal

* The domain name sold twice — once in 2005 and again in 2010.

** tied for the No 20 spot with and, which also sold for AU$4,113,222.

What is your domain name worth?

Now that you know what domain names can potentially sell for, I bet you’re wondering what your domain name is worth. Check GoDaddy’s domain valuation tool to get an idea of the resale value of your domains.

If you are thinking about buying a domain name and selling it for more money, GoDaddy Auctions is a great place to find domains that might have good resale value. As with any other purchase, it’s always best to start slow and do your homework before spending your hard earned money and time looking for the next big domain sale.

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