The NameJet auction for the MD.org domain name has surpassed half a million dollars, and it is continuing as I write this (each bid adds an additional four minutes to the auction). The auction has met its reserve price, and it will sell to the highest bidder. The auction is a private auction, so only bidders who placed a backorder can participate.
As of the time of this posting, the current high bid is $506,600, with the bidder handle “freedotcom” leading the auction. The underbidder in this auction goes by userid “winters.” Assuming the leading bidder is someone associated with the Free.com domain name, it’s almost certain they are legit. I also recognize the second place bidder’s nickname, and that person is also a legitimate buyer.
Assuming the MD.org sale is completed, it will be the largest publicly disclosed sale of 2013. It will also be one of the largest .org domain name sales of all time. I believe the 2010 sale of Poker.org stands as the highest .org sale at $1 million.
MD.org is registered under Whois privacy at Moniker.
I will update this post once the auction concludes.
Thanks to Domain Agents for the update.
*** Update ***
Auction has ended at $555,650, with “winters” winning the auction.