If you haven’t heard, an American medical student just sold
her virginity in a highly publicised and controversial online
auction for $801,000. Believe it or not, that immense figure
falls pretty short of the record for this sort of bid. Yes,
not only have others sold their first time before – some
have even been far more successful in doing so.
What sort of people decide to do this, and what are the
circumstances around this decision? To shed some light on
this unusual phenomenon, here’s a rundown 5 of the most
expensive virginities ever sold
Update: Elizabeth Raine has since reneged on her agreement
with the auction winner, who paid over $800,000, as he
declined to submit to the vetting process.
5. Alina Percea: $14,900
“I was attracted to him, so I enjoyed it.” The then-18 year
old Romanian teen sold her virginity to pay for her
computing degree via a two-week web auction in 2009. The
winning 45-year-old Italian businessman reportedly flew her
to Venice and showed her the sights before sealing the deal
at a five-star hotel. “He told me he had a good job, but he
didn’t say if he was married or had a family, and I didn’t
ask him,” she told the Daily Mail. “I hope to see the man
again. And next time I won’t make him pay!”
4. Shatuniha: $27,950
“I have no bad habits, and I am nice looking,” wrote
Shatuniha in her ad. The self-described “new, not used”
Siberian teen peddled her virginity for a winning bid of
900,000 roubles, or $27,950, late last year. With her stated
“urgent need of money”, willingness to sell “the most
precious thing I possess”, and a sale supposedly
consummated by an anonymous bidder in a mystery hotel
room, the whole thing feels just a little bit gloomy.
3. “Elizabeth Raine”: $801,000
Mystery medical student “Liz Raine” turned virginity selling
into a science. Her masterfully-designed auction
website , complete with a link to the PR company who
managed her bid, contains an entire page devoted to Terms
and Conditions of the arrangement; legal clauses like “Sexual
Intercourse means insertion of a penis into a vagina”; and a
promise to donate 35% of the sale to a charity that
provides education to women in developing countries.
“Love is not a part of this arrangement. It is only of a
sexual and financial nature.”
Beginning anonymous, the site “gallery” featured an array of
polished photographs showcasing the medical student’s body,
face blacked out. But several days ago, she posted new
pictures showcasing her visage, which prompted the
anonymous $801,000 winning bid within days.
2. Raffaella Fico: $1.3916 million
The 26-year-old Italian model claims she received one
million euros for her virginity in a 2008 interview. “If
someone was willing to pay a million euros for me, of course
I’d be embarrassed. But with that money I could realize my
dreams,” she told an Italian magazine. Former reality TV
star Fico has since built up her fair share of notoriety; in
2011 for being an alleged regular attendee of former Italian
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ’s “bunga bunga” sex parties,
and more recently for having an extra-marital baby by soccer
rockstar Mario Balotelli .
1. Catarina Migliorini: Pending — $1.5
million, or a reality TV show?
This 21-year-old Brazilian Model is going where no celibacy
seller has gone before. Her 2012 auction debut fetched
$780,000, but fell through when the winning Japanese
bidder pulled out. Cue round two: in December, she
reportedly found herself holding out on a $440,000 offer to
consider a $1.5 million marriage proposal from a mystery
Arab millionaire. The well-to-do Arab (whose identity and
country of residence is currently undisclosed) supposedly
speaks 11 languages and lives in a stylish mansion.
But now, it seems Catarina’s scrapped the auction
completely for a reality TV show in the works: There’s
Something About Catarina . It’s basically the Bachelorette
without all the euphemisms for sex, and the lucky guy
actually wins $1 million, plus Catarina’s first time.
Catarina’s original auction promised to donate 90% of the
proceeds to development projects in her home state. She
hasn’t revived the claim since.