A few days ago, I saw that the Kiwi.com domain name had changed hands. Kiwi.com had been owned by Future Media Architects, and the Whois changed to show the registrant as Skypicker.com S.R.O. I had not heard of this company prior to the Whois change, and I am not sure what they are planning for Kiwi.com. At the time of publication, the domain name does not yet resolve.
After seeing the domain name change hands, I reached out to Jeff Gabriel, Vice President of Sales at DomainNameSales.com (DNS) to ask if he could share any details because DNS brokers domain names on behalf of Future Media Architects. Jeff was able able to confirm that the domain name had sold and he told me the acquisition price was $800,000. I was told the broker on this deal was Arif Sengoren, who previously worked at Nokta for five years as a domain broker before joining DNS.
“2016 is off to a fantastic start,” according to Jeff, who oversees the domain brokerage team at DNS. “This is one of many large sales we have had so far this year,” he told me.
Once this domain name is officially reported by DNJournal, it will likely rank as the second largest public domain name sale of the year following the $929,000 sale of TP.com. This will also be the largest public sale of the year for DNS, ahead of the $100,000 sale of Magenta.com. I presume there have been additional large sales transacted via DNS that will remain private at the request of the buyer or the seller.