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Sedo to Run .UK Domain Name Auction

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As you may be aware, .UK domain names are becoming available to purchase. These domain names were first offered by the registry, Nominet, to domain name registrants that held matching .co.uk or .org.uk domain names. The domain names that were not taken by those registrants are becoming available for third parties to register.

I previously wrote about SnapNames and its .UK auction, and I received an email from Sedo announcing it will be running a .UK domain name auction beginning tomorrow. Here’s what I was told about Sedo’s upcoming auction:

Viajes.ES Sells for €147,000

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According to a tweet from Sedo broker Frank Tillmanns, the Viajes.ES ccTLD domain name was sold via Sedo for €147,000. At today’s exchange rate, that is approximately $164,717 USD. As Frank mentioned in his tweet, viajes means “travel” in English.

Links.com Sold for €700,000 via Sedo

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Yesterday afternoon, Sedo reported the €700,000 sale of Links.com. At today’s exchange rate, the sale is just shy of $800,000 USD (approximately $796,610), making it one of the largest public domain name sales of the year to date. It also appears to be the largest sale of the year for Sedo, not including any unreported private sales.

The tweet promoting the sale stated that this was the “most expensive fixed price domain sale yet!” I presume this means the buyer used the buy it now option from Sedo’s marketplace and it was the largest sale in this manner to have transacted via Sedo rather than a brokered domain name sale:

Casinos.org Sold for $400,000 via Sedo

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According to a tweet this morning from Sedo broker Dave Evanson, Casinos.org was sold for $400,000. I think it is safe to assume the deal was brokered by Dave:

Results From Sedo’s 4 Letter .com Auction

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Sedo hosted a 4 letter .com domain name auction that concluded yesterday. This themed auction is separate from the monthly Great Domains auction. Although the sale resulted in just over $24,000 worth of domain name sales, I think it is worth highlighting because it offers some insight into the current state of the 4L .com marketplace.

The top three LLLL.com sales in the auction were RVRR.com for $2,550, LOTB.com for $2,050, and PRCH.com for $1,605. I do not see any one word names that sold in this auction, so I suspect most would be used for their acronym value.

Did Microsoft Sell Rapt.com Domain Name for $25,000?

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Microsoft has many excellent domain names in its portfolio, and the company rarely sells its domain name assets. Yesterday, Jamie Zoch noticed that Rapt.com appears to have been sold by Microsoft.

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