Bitcoins.com, currently home to a very nice beginners primer on digital currency, has up until today been the property of Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Mt. Gox. After today, it remains to been seen, as the domain name is going up on the auction block, with an assist from Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
The domain is priced to start bidding at $125K, though it is expected to pull in about $750K total. Karpeles says he intends to turn the proceeds for the sale to repaying Mt. Gox customers who collectively lost nearly half a billion dollars when the site went belly-up.
“We are hoping, with the sale of Bitcoins.com, to provide some relief to the people impacted by the Mt. Gox bankruptcy. And will be putting at least half of the sale amount toward that purpose,” Karpeles said reports Finextra.
The name “bitcoin.com” is currently being used by a wallet provider: Blockchain.info—meaning that bitcoins.com is probably the best name up for grabs.
According to Heritage’s Aron Meystedt, bitcoins.com is “absolutely the best remaining, and available name for this new market,” adding that “for the right investor this is a golden opportunity.”