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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Man turns paper clip into house
House in Kipling, SK

If you dream of owning your own house, then trading a red paper clip over the internet might not be the obvious way of doing it.

But Canadian Kyle MacDonald has achieved exactly that and will see his new home for the first time on Wednesday.

It took Kyle exactly a year of 14 internet trades to move from the paper clip to a house on Main Street in the tiny town of Kipling in Saskatchewan province - a place he has never been to before.

Now the 26-year-old is planning to write a book about the venture which saw him trade up through a novelty doorknob, a camping stove, a snowmobile, a recording contract, and an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper.

"I knew it was possible," he said on the BBC's Today programme. "You can do anything if you put your mind to it."

Kyle MacDonald
Kyle MacDonald started with just one paper clip
He got the idea from a child's game called bigger and better, but created a website devoted to the project and promised to visit potential traders wherever they were.

"My girlfriend and I paid rent for an apartment in Montreal and I'd always wanted to own my own house and this is how I decided to go about it. I think I may be the first to try it