Democracy.com had been scheduled to be auctioned via Heritage Auctions, and the bid deadline was October 25. The auction got quite a bit of press, including articles in the New York Times and The Guardian, among other mainstream media publications that published articles. It appears the domain name is pending sale, but not via the planned auction.
When you visit Democracy.com, you are taken to a landing page within the Heritage Auctions website. There’s a graphic on the landing page that states, “DEMOCRACY.com This item has been withdrawn from auction. The consignor and Heritage have accepted an unsolicited private offer for this item.”
It does not appear that the Whois record has updated to reflect the new registrant yet. My guess is the sale price will not be publicly shared, but I will post an update if that isn’t the case or if the buyer is newsworthy.
Thanks to Brian Wick for calling the sale of the domain name to my attention today.