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New gTLD Auctions Updates – First Auction Confirmed

Posted May 9th, 2014


8 May 2014

ICANN has updated the Auction Schedule for New gTLD applicants with strings in contention sets. The schedule now lists the participants confirmed for the first Auction on 4 June 2014, and the rescheduling of some sets based on requested postponements.

When Applicants were issued Intent to Auction notifications, they were given an option to postpone the Auction under one of the following circumstances

All members of the contention set request the Auction be postponed


Any applicant in a contention set requests deferment of the Auction until the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework (the Framework) has been finalized.

Postponements granted as a result of unanimous agreement among all members of the contention set have resulted in deferral of two auctions. The updated schedule postponements requested based on the Framework have only been granted for those sets previously scheduled for the first Auction: those contention sets that requested a postponement for this reason from the first Auction have been moved to the second Auction. Should the Framework not be finalized by the confirmation deadline (21 days prior to an Auction) for the second auction, additional deferrals will be issued. In the updated schedule those contention sets marked with an asterisk (*) have been granted postponements.

The two applicants confirmed for the first Auction have received their confirmations from ICANN. Applicants will receive a notification from ICANN confirming their Auction date at least 21 days prior to the Auction. As Auctions are the method of last resort, Applicants may self-resolve a contention set up to 7 days prior to the Auction.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Comment Period for New gTLD Auction Rules Opens Today!

Posted December 17th, 2013


To gather community input regarding the detailed rules and processes for Auctions to resolve string contention sets in the New gTLD Program. The preliminary auction rules were originally published 1 Nov 2013, they have since been updated based on feedback and will be finalized based on the input of the community from this comment period.

Go HERE to view the rules and commentary info. Comment period closes on 14 January 2014.

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Contract to Sell for $2.6 Million Signed in Deal Co-Brokered by Moniker & Marksmen’s

Posted June 21st, 2011

As reported by Ron Jackson of A contract to sell for $2.6 million has been signed by both the buyer and seller in a deal co-brokered’s John Mauriello andMarksmen Inc.’s Cyntia King on behalf of that company’s new sales division Once transfer of the domain has been completed that will become the highest sale of the year to date, easily topping the current leader – that was sold for $1 million last month.”

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Holy Auctions Batman! $2.6 Million Sale

Posted June 21st, 2011

As reported by “I’ve been tracking the potential sale of for a couple weeks now. The domain name was listed in Moniker’s live domain name auction for Barcelona (which actually ended up taking place online only last week).

A legitimate $2.5 million dollar bid was placed in the auction, and sources tell me there may have been other interested parties. Then the domain was omitted from the extended auction that ends tomorrow, prompting more speculation.”

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Posted October 27th, 2010

The infamous and ever popular domain has sold yet again. This time, the domain that spurred the big money domain business and warranted it’s own book commanded $13 million. which last changed hands from Gary Kremen to Escom LLC in 2006 for $12 million was put on the auction block due to the bankruptcy of Escom LLC. The sale was brokered by and the new “owner” of the domain is Clover Holdings LTD.

Despite what may outwardly seem to be the easiest domain to monetize of all time, the apparent reason for Escom LLC’s bankruptcy lies in the company’s inability to make the domain “sufficiently profitable”.  Perhaps Clover Holdings LTD will have better luck.

The eyes of the industry remain unwavering on Time will tell whether new owners can reinvent the domain or if it is destined to become the urban legend of the domain industry.

For more information on the most recent sale of, click HERE and HERE.

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Posted in Auctions, Domain Sales and Auctions, Know Your Domains by Up for Auction

Posted March 9th, 2010

From REUTERS, often touted as one of the most valuable Internet domain names, is due to head to the auction block next week.

DOM Partners LLC, a New Jersey lender that backed a 2006 purchase of the domain name for a reported $14 million, is foreclosing on the Internet property, and is due to auction it on March 18 at New York law firm Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP, according to legal notices.

Bidding for the Internet property, the tumultuous past of which includes several lawsuits and two books, is due to start at $1 million.

See the full story HERE.

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The Las Vegas T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference Begins

Posted January 21st, 2010

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas, the most decadent of domain conferences begins tomorrow at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Registration for the event is still open.

The Rick Latona domain auction will be held at 4 p.m. pst on January 22, 2010.

For the full schedule of events, click HERE.

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SnapNames Auction Happening Now

Posted January 14th, 2010

Click HERE to participate.

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Newsflash from Com Laude: 1 and 2 character .de Domains

Posted October 20th, 2009

From Com Laude

On Friday 23 October at 9am (CEST) DENIC, the German domain registry, is permitting the registration of 1- and 2-character domain names under .de.  As there is a maximum of only 1332 names available, and 300 registrars will be competing for them we expect all the names to be registered very quickly.  Some registrars have banded together to secure what they regard as the most valuable terms which can be resold at high prices.

Sedo, the domain name auction company, is running a pre-auction whereby interested parties can place bids which will then be forwarded to a group of registrars – the registrars are incentivised to placed the highest bids at the front of their queues.  Currently and have both attracted maximum bids of EUR 36,000.

With each registrar only being allowed to submit four registration requests a minute for these domains, competition is going to be high.  It is not certain that the long term value of a 1 or 2 character domain under .de will match the sale price.  After all with new gTLDs on the horizon, it is likely that ccTLD registrations will diminish in importance.

Nick Wood is Managing Director of Com Laude

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. NYC Conference Live Auction List Released

Posted October 13th, 2009

Domains to be featured at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference live auction in New York have been announced. Click here to view the list of domains to be auctioned at the end of the month. Stay tuned as more domains are announced.

The conference is also introducing a $995.00 “night pass” for attendees who want to take advantage of the parties and auctions but skip the day sessions. Click here for more information on what the night pass covers.

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