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Last Updated: Monday, 23 February, 2004, 10:53 GMT
Student awards web sex prize
Rosie Reid
Ms Reid plans to decide the winner of the auction shortly
The lesbian student who auctioned her virginity on the internet is to choose the winner shortly.

Rosie Reid, 18, will meet the five top bidders to assess their suitability before selecting one.

The Bristol University student has been offered up to 8,400, which she says she will use for university fees.

The university authorities have distanced themselves from her actions. The biggest bid was from a 44-year-old man, Ms Reid's spokesman said.

The second highest bid was 8,000 from a 39-year-old London-based "professional", the spokesman added.

The website promoting the sale said: "Rosie's auction highlights the financial problems that face today's students."

Lengthy hours

In January Ms Reid said: "It started as a joke, and ended up as 'why not?'

"I am devoting too much time to paid employment and not enough to studying. I am not achieving as much as I could."

The student from Dulwich, south-east London, currently works lengthy hours in order to pay for tuition fees and living accommodation in Bristol.

"I'll leave university 15,000 in debt. That's why I am taking this drastic action."

Student sells virginity on web
26 Jan 04  |  Bristol

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