March 18, 2008 / 3:30 AM / in 9 years

Man auctions his life in Australia

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<p>People are seen at an eBay kiosk during the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 9, 2007.Steve Marcus</p>

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man in Australia is auctioning his life -- his house, his job, his clothes and his friends -- on eBay, after his marriage broke up, saying he wants to start a new life.

"It's time to move. A completely fresh start. I want to see where life takes me," Ian Usher, 44, told Australian television on Tuesday from Perth in Western Australia state.

Usher said he was auctioning his life as "a package" with his house in Perth valued at around A$420,000 (192,186 pounds).

"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!," reads his Web site www.alife4sale.com, which has a link to eBay for bidders.

<p>A man sits on a beach in a file photo. A man in Australia is auctioning his life -- his house, his job, his clothes and his friends -- on eBay, after his marriage broke up, saying he wants to start a new life.Luke MacGregor</p>

Usher said his life auction, which starts on June 22, included not only his house, a car, a motorbike, a jet ski and a spa, but also an introduction to "great friends" and a job at a rug shop in Perth for a trial two-week period.

"When it's over, I will just walk out the front door, take my wallet, my passport and start a new life," he said.

<p>An exterior view of Ian Usher's house is seen in an undated handout photo, released to Reuters on March 19, 2008.. A man in Australia is auctioning his life -- his house, his job, his clothes and his friends -- on eBay, after his marriage broke up, saying he wants to start a new life.Handout</p>

Usher said his ex-wife had heard of his auction.

"Her last comment was, 'it seems a bit mental to me'," he said.

($1=a$1.09)

Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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