Years ago, when domain names expired they would drop, or become available for hand registration by anyone.Whoever was the quickest to register a dropped domain would be the new registrant.

DNJournal was started by Ron Jackson back on January1, 2003 and the for the last decade has been the go to source for sales data.

We like to think of Ron as the New York Times for the domain industry! Below is a list of the largest published domain sales to date.

Please note that this is a list of raw domains – which means the domains were not active websites or businesses at the time of sale.

Basically, these sales are comparable to the sale of raw land.

Domain Categories Adult China Dating Energy Entertainment Financial & Numismatic Florida Gambling Genealogy & Religion Grls HDTV Health & Medical Latina Legal Misc.

And remember: there is no email without a domain name ! Buy all the domain names and control the Internet :-)I've heard people say that the . NETs are stucked in people's mind, but that doesnt mean things will always be the way they are today. COMs will fall out of favor and well see gold domains in each new TLD, and the .

Domains like (acquired by Mark Zuckerberg), (acquired by Get Clicky.com), Identity (acquired by Equifax) are sold every week with the sales data often kept confidential.

However, the industry does have a solid source for reporting published sales.

Much of the time, however, domain names are successfully auctioned.

Because auctioning domain names is not the core competency of most domain name registrars, they partner with an auction house.

A domain name that reaches expired status and is not renewed by the owner will be listed at an auction service (see FAQ for exception to this rule).