Sedo reported its weekly domain name sales that were closed via its marketplace, and the company reported the sale of Autism.Rocks for $100,000. This sale was the largest publicly reported sale of the week at Sedo, regardless of the extension.
The domain name was originally registered in August of 2014 by someone based in Florida. After the sale appears to have been completed, the domain name Whois record is currently showing a registrant based in Dubai.
I am not 100% sure, but it appears that the buyer of Autism.Rocks is also the owner of AutismRocks.com. I am basing this on the registrant’s name and phone number for both of these domain names, although the registrant address is different. I used DomainTools’ historical Whois tool to see the registrant name for AutismRocks.com prior to it going private.
If you visit Autism.Rocks right now, it looks like there is a temporary landing page. If the Autism.Rocks buyer is the owner of AutismRocks.com, it will be interesting to see if they rebrand their website to Autism.Rocks. Interestingly, Raymond Hackney reported that AutismRocks.com was sold for $9,500 via Sedo in April of 2014. Assuming the buyer is the same, the cost was more than 10x the cost for the .com domain name.
$100,000 for Autism.Rocks would put this sale in the top 50 domain name sales of 2015. It would also rank it as one of the largest publicly reported new gTLD domain name sales. It surpasses the $90,000 .money domain name sale that I wrote about last week.
Interestingly, I checked out the seller’s website (found by using the Whois information), and it references a relationship with an organization called We Rock for Autism. This autism organization appears to be totally unrelated to Autism Rocks. My guess is the seller had bought Autism.Rocks for We Rock for Autism, and he later agreed to sell the domain name for $100,000. I will reach out to the seller to see if he can share any more information.
Update: The seller of Autism.Rocks commented about the sale.