Monday, June 30, 2008

Man sells life for less than expected

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A man who auctioned his life -- his house, his car, his job, even his friends -- on eBay said Monday he is disappointed with the selling price: almost $384,000.

Ian Usher, a British immigrant to Australia, put everything he owned as well as introductions to his friends on the online auction site after a painful breakup with his wife prompted him to want a fresh start.

Ian Usher said he was selling his house and all its contents because they remind him of his marriage.

Ian Usher said he was selling his house and all its contents because they remind him of his marriage.

Usher is including his jetski in the auction along with his car and motorbike.

Usher is including his jetski in the auction along with his car and motorbike.

Bidding closed Sunday and reached nearly $384,000 -- an amount Usher said his house in the western city of Perth was worth on its own.

"I guess I'm a little bit disappointed at the final price, I'd hoped it to be a little higher than that," Usher told Nine Network television on Monday. "But I am committed to selling and moving on and making a fresh start."

He declined to reveal the buyer's identity, or what his next step would be.

Usher said he had hoped to get at least $480,000 (a half-million Australian dollars) for his life -- his house and all its contents, car and a motorcycle, a jet ski, skydiving gear, an introduction to friends and a trial period in his sales job -- but that the final result was enough for him to make a new start in life.

Source: CNN

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