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The $200,000 Sale of MonaLisa.com That Almost Never Happened

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Sedo just announced (via DNW) the successful brokerage sale of the domain name MonaLisa.com for $200,000. The domain name is currently registered to its Domain Transfer email, so I am fairly certain the deal is nearly completed.

If you have a look at the archives in DNForum, there's a thread started by the "mysterious" Kuwaiti domain investor, elequa (also known as Thunayan Khalid Al-Ghanim of Future Media Architects). In the thread, Thunayan mentioned that he was bidding on the domain name at "NW," a Dotster subsidiary, although he did not win. At that time, the domain name sold for around $15,000. Had Thunayan prevailed in the auction, the domain name would never have been resold, as his company does not sell any of its domain names.

Funny enough, someone who goes by the nickname "DomainGoon" (sarcastically) asked, "the real question is, how many years would take to make $15,000 back using that domain?" I guess the answer is 7 years, for more than 1,000% return on that $15,000 investment.

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