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Editor's Note: The weekly Top 20 Chart below (published April 17, 2019) has been updated, however, for full transparency, we have left the headlihne and text leading into it in its original form. The $1.79 million sale referenced in the headline was XA.com, a name that Chinese company XAG announced they sold for that price. However, since posting the sale last week we have received additional information from reliable sources indicating that the price announced may not be accurate. We have removed it from our chart as a result. While it is possible the stated price was correct the conflicting information we now have makes it uncertain, requiring retraction of the listing with AccidentAttorney.com replacing XA.com at the top of the chart.

Chinese Company's $1.79 Million Purchase of a 2-Letter .COM Tops This Week's Sales Chart

In the 2nd biggest domain sale reported so far this year Chinese company XAG has announced their acquisition of XA.com for ¥12,000,000 ($1,794,152 at today's exchange rate). Elliot Silver spotted XAG's tweet about the purchase this morning and wrote more about the sale at his site, DomainInvesting.com. The only bigger sale reported so far this year was California.com at $3 million in January.

It looks like the XA.com sale closed in 4Q-2018. We chart sales the week they first come to light if they have occurred within the past 12 months. When older sales than that are discovered we add them to the Top 100 Chart for the year in which the sale occurred (assuming they are high enough to qualify). You can see our annual Top 100 charts for each of the past 13 years in our Sales Archive (scroll down past the links to our past wekly reports). 

Elliot was also the first to report the #2 domain on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart - GoDaddy's sale of AccidentAttorney.com at $150,000. Industry veteran Jebediah Burnett, who recently joined GoDaddy after a long stint at Donuts, brokered that sale. 

By Ron Jackson

News about the #3 sale on the Big Board - Prometheum.com at $71,842 -  came from another guy who has uncovered countless sales that have been on our charts over the years, George Kirikos. George, who has a new blog at FreeSpeech.com, wrote a post there about finding the sale of Prometheum.com to a blockchain company while going through an SEC filing. Like, XA.com, the transaction occurred in 4Q-2018.

The past week's #4 sale is also especially noteworthy. Sedo's $62,150 sale of IA.de is the highest country code sale reported so far this year. This is the second week in a row that a ccTLD sale set a new high water mark. The previous leader, Smart.co at $52,820, had reached #1 just last week. 

Flippa.com, who sent us a list of their top 1Q-2019 sales this week, rounded out the first five with Associate.com at $45,000. That helped the .coms sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries.

The ccTLDs took three places on the elite list. In addition to selling IA.de for Christoph Grüneberg, Sedo, who piled up 14 charted sales, moved #6 Lootjes.nl ("lots" in Dutch) for $33,335 and NameService.com sold # 8 Neo.tv for $20,000.

That left two spots for the non .com gTLDs. Sedo took both of those with #9 Historica.org at $16,809 and #16 (tie) Dubai.app at $10,000.

Here's a look at how all of the sales leaders stacked for the week ending Sunday, April 14, 2019:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 8, 2019 - Sun. April 14, 2019
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 17, 2019)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. AccidentAttorney.com $150,000 GoDaddy
2. Prometheum.com $71,842