It is now the turn of a British millionaire to put up his life and title for sale on e-Bay. David Piper of Plymouth, 310 km south west of London, has put his entire life up for sale on the Internet -- including his title of Lord of the Manor of Warleigh.
He is selling two hotels, two Bentleys, a collection of paintings and his title of Lord of the Manor -- which he bought along with a large estate for one million pounds ($2 million).
The e-Bay notice says, “Eccentric Lord of Warleigh famously advertised for a lady in 2002 and received over 2000 replies and 20 hrs broadcasting worldwide. Now offers manorial title for sale with six acres freehold land at great Warleigh farm ….”
The Lord goes on to explain that the sale is brought about as he has been diagnosed with T3b advanced prostrate cancer.”
In stage T3, tumour spreads to surrounding tissues or to the seminal vesicles. In T3a, tumour has spread to only one side, and in t3b to both sides.
"I have decided, as a result of having this rather advanced prostate cancer, and not having been able to work since January 2007, to have treatment done in London," he said.
David Piper seems to be hoping to raise up to 4 million pounds, although he estimates that the total value of the estates was as much as 6 million before property prices fell.
Piper's move follows that of Ian Usher, a British-born man living in Perth, Australia who earlier this year auctioned off all his worldly goods, including his home. He ended up raising much less than he had hoped -- barely making $380,000.
Piper's attempt six years ago to find a bride ended in minor disaster. More than 2,000 young women answered his advertisement in the International Herald Tribune newspaper, and he chose a 32-year-old American divorcee to try out to be his lady.
Real estate agent Rosaura Capelleri arrived with her two young children, but fled the manor after only a few days, unable to go through with the union.
As part of his new venture, Piper said he was offering to introduce the winning bidder to some of the women whose applications he had turned down.