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Chart Topping Sale of You.ai Shows There's Nothing Artificial About the Real Money Chasing .AI Domains

In case you still need proof of the impact that artificial intelligence is having everywhere, consider how Sedo's mind-boggling $700,000 sale of You.ai this week blew the top off of our latest bi-weekly all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart. In addition to being the biggest .ai sale ever reported (by far) and the 3rd biggest sale in any TLD to have been publicly reported this year, .ai has now accounted for four of the five biggest ccTLD sales reported year to date. The You.ai sale is almost three times bigger than the previous .ai king of the hill, a $258,888 sale of Stack.ai in August. 

On X (formerly known as Twitter), widely-known domain investor Yue Dai (who goes by [email protected]) wrote that You.ai was sold by a fellow Chinese investor named Jiupeng. Jack noted that Jiupeng has been investing in .ai domains for 10 years now and his foresight is paying off in a big way. As I was writing this, Elliot Silver at DomainInvesting.com posted an article identifying the You.ai buyer as Darmesh Shah, the founder of HubSpot and a noted domain investor whose previous acquisitions included Connect.com at $10 million in 2022.

As a domain extension, .ai originally had no association with artificial intelligence - it was simply the country code TLD for Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. However, when AI applications started taking over the world, domain investors began snapping up the previously obscure domains, re-defining them and giving them a prosperous new life built on the AI boom.

While .ai stole the spotlight at the top, .coms swept the next four spots on the elite list with Sedo accounting for three of those, including #2 OneLineage.com at $80,000. SnapNames rounded out the first five with NorthPoint.com at $31,589. The .coms went on to pile up 13 of the 20 chart entries overall, also getting a hand from NameJet's $11,249 sale of  the cleverly named #15 domain - HempHop.com.

You.ai wasn't the only win the ccTLDs had to celebrate either. They put four more entries on the Big Board including #7 CarLease.co.uk, sold by Andy Bell at Andy Media  for $22,140. BusinessForSale.eu put another one in the top ten, selling #9 GSM.be for $16,960. UnicDomains also rang the country code bell, moving #13 PCU.ca through Afternic for $14,500 (USD) and Markus Schnermann did it with a $10,600 sale of #16 WeedShop.de








           By Ron Jackson

The non .com gTLDs got into the act too, putting two rare one-letter domains on the honor roll - #6 R.vip at $30,000 and #19 G.fashion at $10,000 with Afternic handling both of those sales.

Here is how all of the leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, October 8, 2023:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 25 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2023
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Oct. 11, 2023)



Sold For

Where Sold

1. You.ai $700,000 Sedo
2. OneLineage.com $80,000 Sedo
3. HotelDeal.com $51,000 Sedo
4. Novita.com $32,500 Sedo
5. NorthPoint.com $31,589 SnapNames