The market for short numeric domain names has exploded over the last few years with demand far exceeding supply. I hardly see any 2 or 3 number .com domain names on the market because there are so few of them for sale. When they do come on the market, the prices are very high. One recent nn.com sale was 50.com, which was brokered by Media Options.
Sahar Sarid noticed something interesting and posted it on Facebook today. It appears that 77.com has been privately sold, according to the message that now appears on the 77.com landing page:
“The domain 77.com has been just sold, we’ll transfer it to the new buyer in the next few days.
We’ll keep confidential the details of this transaction with full respect for the buyer.”
There is no date on that message, so it is unclear when the domain name sold. In addition, there has been no outside confirmation that a deal was struck, although I can’t imagine why someone would post that on their domain name if it hadn’t sold. As such, this is not a confirmed sale.
As with most large sales like this, the deal is apparently subject to a non-disclosure agreement and won’t be publicly reported. Sahar speculated that it is “[p]retty safe to assume if indeed sold it’s a seven figure deal.”
The last archived landing page on Archive.org was from December of 2014. The message on the lander at that time stated, “Having received over 1,300 unsolicited purchase inquiries and at least 40 different brokerage proposals in the last 12 months alone, we have been persuaded to announce that, starting today 10-JUNE-2014.”
It looks like someone finally made an offer that persuaded the owner to part with the domain name.