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Ken Taylor Among Expert Panelists at DOMAINfest 2012

Posted February 5th, 2012

Marksmen CEO, Ken Taylor, joined domain name valuation experts on the Thursday morning presentation at DOMAINfest 2012 in Santa Monica, CA.

Ken joined moderator Lisa Box (, Paul Nicks (Go Daddy) and Liesbeth Mac-de Boer (Sedo) in providing advice on setting domain prices, as well as buying and selling strategies.

The group was followed by keynote speaker Biz Stone, Twitter Co-Founder.

See more at Domain Name Journal

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Name Quiver Back at DOMAINfest Auctioning Premium Names

Posted January 11th, 2012

Name Quiver, our domain brokering arm here at Marksmen, is once again bringing premium names to the all-world auction platform of their partner, Moniker. These valuable domain names are taking pre-bids online now and will be auctioned live at DOMAINfest in Santa Monica, CA on Thursday, February 2nd from 4:30-6:00 PM , Pacific Time.

Last year Marksmen and Moniker sold SOCIAL.COM for an undisclosed Marksmen client for $2.6 Million USD. This was the highest reported domain sale of 2011 (DNJournal) and one of the top selling domain names in history.

This year Marksmen brings the following names to auction on behalf of their clients.



Get the full story on DOMAINfest and start pre-bidding online HERE.

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“Inside Frank Schilling’s $1.65M .XXX Purchase”

Posted October 19th, 2011

As reported on DomainNameWire: “Within twenty minutes during this year’s DOMAINfest conference Frank Schilling agreed to pay $1.65 million for a collection of .xxx domain names — before .xxx was even approved.

Schilling retold the tale today in a TRAFFIC session alongside ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley.

During the DOMAINfest event in Santa Monica Schilling started discussing a purchase with Lawley. The next day the two met up and started discussing names. Within twenty minutes Schilling had handpicked a set of domains for a total purchase price of $1.65 million.”

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Posted in Conferences, Domain Sales and Auctions, domaining, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. by Final Sales Figure Has Come In At $2.6 Million, Is Top Selling Domain Name of 2011

Posted June 29th, 2011

This year’s record breaking domain sale of comes courtesy of Marksmen’s sales division, NameQuiver, in partnership  with Moniker and SnapNames.

The purchase of the domain for $2.6 million (previously reported as $2.5 million) by an undisclosed buyer was, according to the press release: “negotiated privately after an initial multi-million dollar offer.” The sale was co-brokered during DomainFest Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

Marksmen Inc CEO Ken Taylor  said of the sale: “We’re very pleased with our partnership and Moniker’s ability to attract a buyer for, culminating in this successful outcome. We look forward to continuing to use our unique position in the industry to connect premium domain names to our clients and other end-users via auctions and private brokering.”

The release also states that: “Brokers considered a category-defining domain name at a time when social media has become the single largest growth sector on the Internet.”

Congratulations to Marksmen, NameQuiver, Moniker, SnapNames and the Undisclosed Buyer on this exciting transaction.

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Record Breaking Two Digit Domain Sale

Posted May 20th, 2011

The sale $358,000 sale of has created a new record for two digit domain sales.

As reported by Domain Name Wire: “DomainAdvisors, a division of PPX International, just announced a record sales price for a two digit domain name.

The group brokered the sale of for $358,000. I searched a couple databases and cannot find any two digit domains that have sold for more, although there are some two letter domains that have eclipsed this amount.”

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The New York Times Acquires

Posted January 30th, 2011

After loosing a UDRP battle with Frank Schilling for the domain name,The New York Times has decided to take a more traditional route to domain ownership.

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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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Afilias Buys Dot Mobi

Posted February 15th, 2010

It looks like the domain industry microcosm just got smaller as Afilias has purchased .MOBI top level domain.

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Seven Figure Domain Sale Could Signal Industry Upswing

Posted October 8th, 2009 has sold for $1.525 million US dollars. This is the 5th highest sale of 2009. It is encouraging to see that great domains are holding their value.

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