Solyndra.com, the domain name once owned by the bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra, expired and went to auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The auction ended this afternoon, and the Solyndra.com domain name sold for $12,225. There were 167 bids from 14 bidders who participated in the auction.
It is unclear how this domain name can or will be used by the winning bidder. Because of the political connections to this domain name, I could see it being used by a political opposition group that uses Solyndra.com for political reasons. There also appear to be thousands of inbound links to the domain name, so someone could use it for traffic or to try and get some SEO value from the domain name.
I will keep an eye on the domain name to see if it was acquired by anyone interesting or to see if it is used in a creative manner.
Because GoDaddy does not report or confirm the results of its auctions, there will not be any sort of confirmation that the winning bidder paid for the domain name. In addition, the sale of Solyndra.com may not be added to any sales reports on NameBio or DNJournal.