A British man settled in Australia has auctioned his life,
his home, car and friends, everything for £200,000.The transaction has
attracted huge international attention.
The man had said on his website:
Hi there, my name is Ian Usher, and I have had
enough of my life! I don't want it any more! You can have it if you like!
No, I'm not contemplating suicide, I am going to sell my life!!
have my reasons, for further details click the "Why" tab below.
However, I am still not sure whether this is inspired madness, complete
foolishness, or just some sort of mid-life crisis.
Whatever it is, it's all
going up for sale in one big
auction. Everything I have and everything I am.
And when Usher said everything, he
meant everything. The sale included his house and everything in it, his car,
his motorbike, even his friends and his job (in a rug store), dependent on a
two-week trial period.
And he wanted to sell them all off just to escape the bitter
memories of a failed marriage, he said, for everything around him kept
reminding him of the girl.
The 44-year-old Usher decided to
sell his life and belongings after breaking up with his wife, six years after
they emigrated from the United
"I met and married the best girl in the world. I loved her
with all my heart, and she loved me back too. However, after over twelve years
together and five years of fantastic married happiness, I was hit with a bolt
from the blue," he said on his website, but made the visitors pay up to know
He had put his whole life up for sale on internet auction site eBay for the
starting price of one Australian dollar.
The lot attracted a peak offer of 399,300 Australian dollars
(£192,276) when bids closed early on Sunday.
Despite expecting higher bids, Mr Usher said he had "no
At one point offers on the "life lot" rocketed to over
two million Australian dollars (£1m) within hours of the sale's start last
However, Usher and eBay were forced to introduce a registration
system to weed out what were revealed as hoax bids, many of which were from the
He has also attracted a lot of flak for selling a sob story.
I would hazard that it's just
another example of the modern propensity to bare all online. This heady modern
cocktail that comprises a total failure to grasp the concept of privacy mixed
vigorously with a misplaced assumption that the whole world is interested in
the details of your life has blown the collective mind. It's sad that the
freedom of the web, rather than broadening horizons, has spawned a trend in
narrow-minded self-obsession, a columnist said.
But Usher himself sounded contented. After the auction closed, he said:
"I am relatively pleased but I thought it would go a bit higher, if I'm
"But I've no regrets. What's done is done and I'm looking
forward to sorting this all out."
On the day
it is all sold and settled I intend to walk out of my front door with my wallet
in one pocket and my passport in the other, nothing else at all, and get on the
train, with no idea where I am going or what the future holds for me, he had
stated while making the offer.