A FORMER Scarborough man who sold his life on eBay has hit the headlines again after buying a Caribbean island.
Ian Usher, who ran a jet ski business in Scarborough for five years, made national news when he put his life up for sale on the internet auction site in 2008. The move came after he split from his wife of seven years, whom he met in Scarborough.
Mr Usher, who was living in Australia at the time, sold his lot for £192,000 and embarked upon a challenge to enjoy 100 pre-selected life experiences in 100 weeks, armed only with a passport.
Despite the sale falling through Mr Usher, 48, has completed 93 of his 100 experiences, and has now purchased his own island off the coast of Panama, where he is now building a home.
Buying the 2.2-acre island, believed to have cost £30,000, has attracted the nation’s media once again as it follows Mr Usher’s unusual tale.
Mr Usher, who for a time was assistant manager at the Atlantis water park, said: “I really didn’t want to live somewhere where I’d have to work to be able to afford to live, at least for a year or two. I made an offer on a small island, which was accepted. It’s very laid back and relaxed.”
After blogging about his adventures, the keen sky-diver has also self-published his book entitled A Life Sold, and in doing so ticked another goal off his list.
Mr Usher has described the last few years of his life as “incredible”. He said: “I think a couple of standout ones were swimming with a mother humpback whale and her calf in Japan, and riding a motorbike on the Wall of Death. My week in Pamplona in Spain was fantastic, and terrifying too, running with the bulls there.”
In 2010 Mr Usher signed a contract with Walt Disney Pictures for the rights to his story; a deal believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.