March 18, 2008 / 3:30 AM / 10 years ago

Man auctions his life in Australia

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.

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

“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.

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. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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.

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.

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. REUTERS/Handout

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

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

“Her last comment was, ‘it seems a bit mental to me’,” he said.

Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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