A Brazilian student has sold her virginity in an online auction for US$780,000 as part of a documentary organised by an Australian filmmaker, although a man who did the same only fetched US$3,000.
Catarina Migliorini, 20, was the subject of 15 bids, with a Japanese man named only as Natsu winning on Wednesday night, according to the website of the film â€œVirgins Wantedâ€.
He beat out competition from 14 other men, mostly from Brazil but also from India, Australia and the United States.
A male whose virginity was also auctioned, 21-year-old Sydney student Alex Stepanov, fetched US$3,000, paid by a Brazilian woman.
Australian media said Migliorini would be â€œdeliveredâ€ to her buyer on board a plane to Australia and that she would be interviewed before and after losing her virginity at a secret location.
Filmmaker Jason Sisely, who began his project in 2009 and caused outrage when he put posters up in Sydney and Melbourne saying â€œVirgins Wantedâ€, said Migliorini was ecstatic and had not expected as much such interest.
â€œThe auction closed last night and Catarina is extremely excited. She was speaking to her family in Brazil online and they were extremely happy for her,â€ he told Australian online news site Ninemsn.
â€œBut I guess they didnâ€™t expect her to do something like this.â€
He said the act would be consummated, but not filmed, in the next few weeks.
â€œWe will fly over the winner to Australia and obviously, for the sake of the film and privacy, we canâ€™t disclose where and when the act will take place,â€ he said. â€œI have to leave some details for the documentary.â€
On a â€œVirgins Wantedâ€ trailer on YouTube, Migliorini said: â€œI havenâ€™t found the right person to do it with, Iâ€™ve been too busy with other stuff.â€
She added: â€œItâ€™s more sane than doing it drunk at a party with a stranger.â€
According to Britainâ€™s Daily Mail, Miglioriniâ€™s decision to sell her virginity to the highest bidder has sparked outrage across the globe, with some claiming she was little more than a prostitute.
But she defended the move.
â€œI saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it,â€ she was quoted by the Mail as saying.
â€œIf 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.â€
She will reportedly use part of the cash to build homes for poverty-stricken families.
Sisely told Ninemsn that under the terms of the auction a condom was compulsory and Natsu must be tested beforehand for any sexually transmitted diseases.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to my audienceâ€™s response to the film,â€ he said.