weird English "Lord" sells royal title, his life
David Piper, an eccentric British millionaire hotelier, who made headlines six years ago after advertising for a wife to become his “lady of the manor,” wants to sell his west of England existence on the auction site eBay and move to London to be closer to his children. His move follows that of Ian Usher, a British-born man living in Perth, Australia who earlier this year auctioned off all his worldly goods, including his home – all for a measly $380,000! The advertisement for the sale explains,
“This sale is brought about as the present lord has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. For sale as a whole or in part… Can include David, the existing eccentric lord of the manor, physically as well to a suitable purchaser.”
Mr. Piper is selling his title of Lord of the Manor of Warleig, two hotels, two Bentleys, a collection of paintings and his large estate for one million pounds ($2 million). He is hoping to raise up to 4 million pounds, although he estimates that the total value of the estates was as much as 6 million before property prices fell. More than 100 bids have been received so far, with the current offer standing at 1.3 million pounds. Bidding closes on August 11. David Piper said he is also offering to introduce whoever purchased his life to some of the women whose “wife applications” he turned down.