All My Life For Sale

All My Life for Sale is a project that includes a book, an online site and a 2005 museum installation at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. In 2000, John D. Freyer decided to sell the entire contents of his apartment in Iowa City, Iowa on the auction website eBay.  His sold possessions numbered more than 600, not including the hundreds he parted with at a subsequent yard sale. Freyer wrote histories for each of his objects, among them his favorite shirt, false teeth and Jesus nightlight, to entice potential online buyers. This became the online performance project known as, which became a national phenomenon among collectors of popular culture and internet enthusiasts alike who competed for a piece of John Freyer’s life. After tracking his sold possessions, Freyer visited and interviewed as many of the new owners as he could to ascertain what had attracted them to the objects. He maintained an online travelogue on his cross-country adventures, developed a project Web site,, and released the publication All My Life for Sale (Bloomsbury USA) in 2002. (From John D. Freyer’s website)