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Student's virginity auction hits £2.5m
Updated: 2009-01-14 14:58

A US student has put her virginity up for auction in order to pay for a masters degree.

Bidding for a one-night stand with 22-year-old Natalie Dylan has reached £2.5 million ($3.7 million), rising from offers of £162,000 ($243,000) made when the auction first appeared last September.

Dylan, from San Diego, has a a degree in Women's Studies and is in the middle of a Family and Marriage therapy masters. She disclosed that her sister Ava convinced her to go through with the auction because she paid for her own degree by working as a prostitute for three weeks.

"I get some men who are obviously looking for a girlfriend but I try to make it clear that this is a one-night-only offer," Dylan said. "I know that a lot of people will condemn me for this because it's so taboo but I really don't have a problem with that. I think me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal."

Dylan added that she has so far received offers from "weirdos", "those who get really graphically sexual about what they want to do to me" and "lots of polite requests from rich businessmen".