Some interesting domain offerings and auctions are on tap over the next 30 days.
I’ve received a number of recent announcements regarding domains sales and auctions, and some of them are rather interesting.
First, there’s a bankruptcy auction for two portfolios of domain names. One is of 3,000 premium domain names and the other a portfolio of 150,000 domains. There is significant traffic in this portfolio. The auction is result of a long and intriguing battle. It even involved ICANN and UDRP at one point, as the court appointed receiver for the domains demanded that some domains be returned to his control after they were lost in a UDRP. The judge agreed. The minimum bid is $4.3 million.
Next up, ICM Registry has put 1,000 premium .xxx domain names up for sale. The domains were selected based on search volumes in the company’s search.xxx search engine. The list of domains includes a relative indicator of search traffic. This is really interesting: ICM Registry’s search engine has become a key data source for the company and will help it price its premium domains. To date the search engine has handled 8 million searches.
Also interesting is that purchasers of these domains will be eligible for the grandfathering provision ICM has put forth for new TLDs. If it successfully gets .sex, .porn and/or .adult, the buyers of these domains will get rights to those as well.
Sedo’s monthly Great Domains auction ends tomorrow. I count 98 domains that have bids already, although only 18 have met their reserve. The top domain that has met its reserve is premi.it at 4,999 EUR. Sedo has a .uk auction starting tomorrow, a German term auction starting November 1, and a .co auction lined up for Global Entrepreneur Week next month.
Sedo will also hold a bankruptcy auction for DSB Bank next month. More on that later.