The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) could be considered to be the poster child for NFT art, consistently ranked as one of the top NFT classes on the market, and gaining mainstream attention with the likes of The New Yorker focusing on this NFT club.
With 10,000 bored ape JPEGs in existence and demand for those images increasing, the floor price for a member of the BAYC has risen drastically. As of writing, I have a screen open with sales activity for BAYC, showing me that bored apes are selling for $48,000 or more. One ape, number 4300, has just sold for 80 ETH, equating to around $251,000.
With the value of the BAYC increasing, what does that mean for BAYC.com?
Available data suggests that BAYC.com just changed hands, and it may have sold for less than you might have expected.
According to WHOIS, BAYC.com transferred registrars from Moniker to Uniregistry under privacy protection. The domain was previously owned by DomainShop.com, a domain marketplace and portfolio owner.
After the recent registrar transfer, DomainShop.com has listed BAYC.com as having sold for $12,500:
In comparison to other similar four-letter .com domains, that is a sizable sale, but given the popularity and value of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, could BAYC.com have sold for more? I’ve reached out to DomainShop.com for confirmation of the $12,500 BAYC.com sales price, but I haven’t received a response yet.
The domain now forwards to Bored Ape Yacht Club’s official website, BoredApeYachtClub.com, but it isn’t clear whether Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, was the buyer.
Update: Bored Ape Yacht Club confirmed in a tweet that they weren’t the buyers of BAYC.com.