3rd on 21 interesting Facts About Google: In 1999, the founders of Google actually tried to sell it to Excite for just US$1 million. Excite turned them down
Khosla, who was also a partner at Kleiner Perkins (which ended up backing Google) at the time, said he had “a lot of interesting discussions” with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the time (early 1999). The story goes that after Excite CEO George Bell rejected Page and Brin’s $1 million price for Google, Khosla talked the duo down to $750,000. But Bell still rejected that.
When Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million – techcrunch.com