A month-long auction for 20-year-old Catarina Migliorini’s virginity ended yesterday, when a Japanese man called Natsu bid $780,000 (N121,102,800) for the “date”. Natsu beat out five other bidders after a feverish final day where the price of Migliorini’s virtue jumped from $190,000 (N29,499,400) on Oct. 23 to the final price tag.
The auction, turned generally repulsive publicity stunt, is part of an Australian documentary called Virgins Wanted, which will fly Catarina to the encounter and will interview her before and after the deed.
Migliorini, a physical education student, has claimed to media that she planned to donate as much as 90% ($722,000, N112,097, 720) of the auction price to charities that will build homes in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
“The auction is just business, I’m a romantic girl at heart and believe in love. But this will make a big difference to my area,” she is quoted as having said.
However, the auction organizer Justin Sisely, who devised the plan for a proposed documentary, was skeptical: “I was surprised she said that because in all my dealings with her, she made it clear that it was a business decision for her,” he says.
“Now, given how big this story is in Brazil, she’s trapped. If she doesn’t give any money to charity, she’s going to look bad.”
And despite taking money in exchange for sex, Catarina denies being a prostitute.
“If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer,” she reckons.
The same auction also offered a man’s virginity for sale, but the wasn’t so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 (N465, 780) from a woman in Brazil named “Nene B.”