Erroneous reports suggested domain name sold over the weekend.
A number of erroneous reports hit the wire this morning that Israel.com sold for $5.88 million. I just got off the phone with Moniker’s CEO Monte Cahn and he told me these reports were incorrect and the domain name is still for sale.
Apparently the rumors started when a publication, perhaps “TheMarker” or Haaretz, saw the reserve price in the Moniker silent auction and assumed that was a winning bid price.
Israel.com was one of the highest priced domains at Moniker’s live auction during the TRAFFIC show in Orlando two weeks ago. There were rumors that there was a buyer for the domain before the auction but the sale fell through. The seller stipulated that the buyer had to be pro-israel.
The live domain auction brought in about $2.5 million, and the silent auction pushed the total to over $3.0 million. The most expensive domain name sold was DomainRegistration.com, which sold for $376,480 in the silent auction.