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Getting rid of old baggage? Priceless

June 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An Australian who auctioned his life -- his house in Perth, his car, diving gear, his job, even introductions to his friends -- on EBay said today that he's disappointed with the selling price: about $384,000, an amount he said the house was worth on its own.

Ian Usher, a British immigrant, put everything he owned as well as introductions to his friends on the online auction site after a breakup with his wife prompted him to want a fresh start.

"I guess I'm a little bit disappointed at the final price, I'd hoped it to be a little higher than that," Usher told Nine Network television.

He said he had hoped to get at least $480,000. "But I am committed to selling and moving on and making a fresh start."

He declined to reveal the buyer's identity, or what his next step would be.

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