According to a tweet from Sedo broker Dave Evanson, Mike Mann sold the CryptoWorld.com domain name for $194,888 via Sedo:
Crytpoworld(.)com… Congrats to Mike Mann for selling Cryptoworld(.)com via sedo for $194,888!!
— dave evanson (@SedoDaveEvanson) January 15, 2018
It looks like Mike Mann’s company has owned this domain name since late 2011, according to DomainTools Whois history tool. While I don’t know what Mike’s company paid to buy the domain name, NameBio recorded that this domain name sold in 2006 for just $485.
The Whois information is currently showing Sedo’s escrow account, which means the buyer has paid for the domain name but the domain name has not yet transferred. It also means that we do not yet know who acquired the domain name or how it will be used going forward.
When I was doing a Whois history search, I saw that Screenshots.com has an archived screenshot of CryptoWorld.com. It looks like as recently as June of 2017 the domain name was priced at $29,888! I think the sale is evidence of two things: the cryptocurrency domain name market is on fire right now, and if you price your domain names at extremely high levels, sometimes you’ll close an awesome deal.
This sale is likely going to be one of the top public domain name sales of 2018. Had it been closed last year, it would have ranked in the top 30 of DNJournal’s public domain name sales for 2017.