domain name sold for $13m

The web's simplest sex-based domain name - - has been sold for a reported $13 million (£8.3 million). 

A company from the Caribbean called Clover Holdings is behind the bid, according to the BBC. It's not yet clear what Clover plans to do with the site (though I think we can all take a guess).

It's certainly no small chunk of change, even in the high-stakes domain game. In fact, if the sale goes through - it still has to be approved by a court - the name stands to be one of the most expensive in the history of the net.

The last sale of is also among the grandest domain transactions of all time. Back in 2006, original owner (and founder) Gary Kremen sold the domain for $12m. The company that bought it ended up declaring bankruptcy, leading us to where we are today.

So if is worth $13m, what other domain names can fetch that kind of cash? According to some records, the current top dollar-grabber is A company called QuinStreet reportedly bought the domain for a cool $18m back in '09. QuinStreet is also said to have forked over $16m for that same year.

Other high-priced names, according to industry magazine Domain Name Journal (as reported by ABC News):

  • $9.99m
  • $9.5m
  • $7.5m
  • $5.5m
  • $5.1m
  • $3m
  • $3m
  • $2.75m
  • $2.1m
  • $1.8m
Elsewhere on IDG sites

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