What is the price of virginity? Can you really even put a price tag on something so abstract, yet so personal? Well, these are subjective questions. Some people may answer ‘priceless’ when asked how valuable their virginity is, while others would be able to put a number on it.
On this list, we will look at 10 ladies that successfully or unsuccessfully auctioned off their virginities as well as some of their reasons for attempting to sell themselves to the highest bidder. Some of them also backed out of very successful bids that ran into the millions of dollars. Others settled for less than they had initially hoped to make. Why did they do it? We will also tell you this in more detail.
Here are 10 women who attempted to sell, talked about selling or actually sold their virginity.
10. The Gumtree Girl – $10,000
The Gumtree girl is an anonymous 16-year-old girl from Ireland. In 2011, she posted an ad on Gumtree (a free classified ads website) to sell her virginity, in hopes of being able to raise money to go to art school. An undercover reporter bid $10,000 to buy her virginity just to see if she was real. The Irish-Catholic schoolgirl revealed her true identity but she later said that it was all a hoax after the reporter revealed his own identity.
9. Rosie Reid – $12,300
Rosie Reid graduated from Bristol University but one thing was troubling her – her debts. She owed the university £15,000 ($22,000 USD). She then hatched a plan to sell her virginity to settle the debts. A BT engineer paid her £8,400 ($12,300 USD) for her virginity. Afterwards, she said that the sex was horrible but she was obliged “to please him as he had just paid all this money.” She also added, “I was just so relieved when it was over… I was desperate to get back to Jess as I felt so uncomfortable.”
8. Alina Percea – $13,000
Just as with Rosie and the Gumtree girl, Alina auctioned her virginity to pay for her computing degree. A 45-year-old Italian businessman was the highest bidder. The businessman paid for her trip expenses to Venice where both spent quality time touring sights and dining in a luxury hotel. However, unlike Rosie who hated her partner, Alina grew fond of hers. She says he would compliment her every few minutes and that he was charming and funny. She planned to raise £50,000 ($73,000 USD) for her education but managed to raise only £8,800 ($13,000 USD) at the end of the auction. At an interview, she revealed that Natalie Dylan (our number one entry) inspired her to go forth with the auction.
7. Unigirl – $32,000
Unigirl (her username) posted an ad on a website to raise money for her university tuition. Her ad described her as fit, attractive and healthy. The 19-year-old also affirmed that she had never had any sexual relationship in her life. At the end of the auction, her ad had earned over 30,000 views and 1,200 offers. The sites owner also confirmed that the auction was legitimate and the numbers were true. She ended up raising a cool $32,000.
6. Cathy Cobblerson – $100,000
Cathy Cobblerson listed her virginity on the giant website eBay. Her motives were to raise money to pay off credit card bills. She intended to raise $100,000. At the time, Cathy was 24 years old. Her ad also added that the person who bought her the most treasures would get the ‘real’ thing. She also stated that she never wanted any bids from sex fiends and lesbians. She only wanted a gentleman that would give her a soul-stringing and warm intimacy. Her ad was later pulled down and it is not clear if she placed it again on another auction website.
5. Elizabeth Raine – $801,000
Elizabeth’s real name is Hanna Kern. Hanna was a high-achieving college student at the University of Washington. She placed an auction to sell her virginity but she then backed out of the auction prior to its conclusion. At the time, the auction had amassed a sizable $801,000. When asked why she backed out, she explained, “I have decided to put a stop to this kerfuffle…I still do possess some spitefully strong beliefs about virginity, prostitution, and a woman’s right to do as she damned pleases, but school is my first priority.” The university was also not happy with Hanna sullying their name. They said that she would face disciplinary actions as a consequence. Additionally, her schoolmates were shocked at her double life since Hanna was always shy and bookish.
4. Catarina Migliorini – $440,000
Catarina Migliorini has tried to sell her virginity four times, but has changed her mind throughout. Her first auction was a proposed documentary series encompassing an Internet auction in 2012. Natsu, a Japanese millionaire, was named as the highest bidder. However, due to Natsu’s true identity, Catarina decided to call it off. She also attempted to sell her virginity via her site. It raised over $440,000. She later cancelled it. Her fourth attempt at raising money through selling her virginity was through a television reality series by the name ‘There’s Something About Catarina’ where 20 men would compete for her virginity.
3. Graciela Yataco – $1.5 million
Graciela grew up in poverty in Lima, Peru. Her mother was very sick with heart and kidney problems and she never wanted her brothers to miss school. Therefore, she decided to auction her virginity off to the highest bidder to take her family and sick mother out of poverty. She then took out an ad on a newspaper that cost her 20,000 soles. The highest bidder was $1.5 million from a Canadian man. However, she declined the offer later. She said that although her mother was fine with her decision, she counseled her on the example she would give to her children if they knew of the auction.
2. Raffaella Fico – $1,058,590
Raffaella is big in Italy. She is a singer, model as well as a showgirl. She has allegedly been involved in a relationship with football legend Christiano Ronaldo. She also won the 2007 Miss Grand Prix competition and was a contestant in the Italian version of the reality show Big Brother. Additionally, during this same time, she decided to auction her virginity for 1 million Euros. In an interview, she said, “I can’t wait to see who’s going to pull out the money to have me.” She later admitted to an undercover bidder that the auction was only a provocation.
1. Natalie Dylan – $3.7 million
Part of Natalie Dylan’s virginity auction was a sociological experiment. She wanted to find out how people respond. At 22 years of age, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies. She also planned to undertake a Master’s Degree program but had a thesis to do in between. Her thesis was titled ‘The Value of Virginity’, and that is why she decided to put up her virginity for sale. At one point, Natalie reported that her auction had in excess of $3.7 million in bids.