According to the .Art registry during the first 24 hours of general availability which started yesterday, over 3,000 .Art domain names were purchased/registered.
Of those about 95% were “standard” domains e.g., personal names of people and organizations, while the rest belonged to the .ART inventory of word and word combinations.
While the personal names are mostly sold at standard prices, starting from $15, .ART inventory names are priced individually by a proprietary mathematical “big data” algorithm.
This totaled over $150,000 amount of sales in first 24 hours.
The most active registrars were: Gandi SAS, Go Daddy, Instra, Tucows and United-domains.
The first name sold in the General Availability was HAPPYART.ART, other sales included: INVALUABLE.ART, MOLESKINEFOUNDATION.ART and MFA.ART.
The most expensive name was MYLOVE.ART which sold for over $9,000.
.ART closed its Preferred Access Period which was opened only to those in the “Art Community” with over 300 live sites.
The starting price was $300 and there were about 2,500 registrations for a total retail volume of sales over $600,000.
Nearly half of these were from the .ART inventory.
.ART also gifted approximately 500 domain names to art school students and not-for-profit cultural institutions.
Beyond the Press Release, according to nTLDstats.com, Instra was by far the largest registrar with 40% of the registrations.
Instra is powering the registry’s site store.art which accounts for the high percentage of the registrations.
According to Registrarstats.com there were over 2,500 .Art domain names registered prior to general availability.
The next biggest registrar is Godaddy with about 12% of the registrations.
I noticed some people registered .art domains as a hack as long as three words like DoYourP.art