Sex.com sells for $13m. #2 biggest domain sale

It has been reported that the controversial domain name sex.com is ready to be sold for $13million.

In 2006, the domain was bought by Escom LLC from original owner Gary Kremen who registered in domain in 1994, but the domain was quickly stolen by conman Stephen Cohen. In 1999, Kremen recovered the domain after five years in which time Cohen was thought to be making $6million a year from advertising. He was later arrested after fleeing to Mexico soon after a court issued a $65million judgement against him. Escom bought the domain for $12-14million which at the time was the most expensive domain sold.

Bankrupt Escom LLC is now set on selling the domain to Clover Holdings Ltd as they bid the highest of the 12 bidders according to bankruptcy court documents which Escom had filed. Sex.com was set to be sold at auction next week but circumstances have changed since it has been bought privately.

Sedo.com, a domain registry company responsible for handling the sale will take a nice percent of the sale, although the actual figures are unknown.

Not much is known about the Clover Holdings but The Register reported that they are based in Saint Vincent, in the Carribean and that the email they used in official court documents was a @hushmail.com account, known for high security email.

The huge sale puts sex.com at number 2 of the worlds most expensive domains falling behind the number one sale by QuinStreet who bought Insure.com for $16million in 2009.

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Trueblue711 said,
Are we really still in the times where people just type in a keyword and put .com at the end?

Afraid so.

ZenVenT said,
hmm if sex.com sold for 13M, then that must make xes.com worth 31 million dollars!!

No... xes.com is worth M31... AKA The Andromeda Galaxy (look it up)
Now THAT would be the biggest domain sale ever.

witalit said,
Hmmm thought this domain might have made some more cash than 13M.. close the last times sale.

I thought the same thing to be honest. I mean, if the guy that stole it was believed to be making $ 6 Million per year... I guess someone got a bargain because of the bankruptcy...

1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

KenR7A said,
1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

+1

KenR7A said,
1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

FTW

KenR7A said,
1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

I thought I was on /. for a second there.

KenR7A said,
1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

You don't need a ????? there. Your strategy works just fine with:
1. Fill sex.com up with spyware, adds, viruses, etc.
2. n00bs type in sex.com to find their pr0n
3. PROFIT.

That meme only works when your strategy is missing a crucial step.