Australian's Life Sells for $380,000

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A breakup with his wife prompted Australian Ian Usher, 44, to sell everything he owned. His eBay listing included a house, clothes, a car and motorcycle, his job as a rug store assistant, even introductions to his friends. In the end, Usher got about $380,000. It's less than he had hoped for, but he says he isn't disappointed.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business today comes from Ian Usher. He's the man in Australia who we reported last week auctioned off his life online on e-Bay. A break with his wife had prompted the 44-year-old to sell everything he owned. His e-Bay listing included a house, clothes, a car and motorcycle, his job as a rug store assistant, even introductions to his friends. At one point, bidding went up to $2 million, though those top bids turned out to be bogus. In the end, Usher got about $380,000 for his life. It's less than he hoped for, but he says he's not disappointed. He still plans to walk out his front door with just a wallet and a passport, in search of a new life.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

And I'm Ari Shapiro.

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