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SÃO PAOLO - “The Girl from Ipanema” made Brazilian women famous for their beauty but now, it seems, the South American country has a new fetish for a different kind of woman says Clarín.

For three days, São Paolo will host the first Inflatable Doll World Congress, organized by an online sex shop, Sexônico.

Enter, Valentina. She’s the newest model made of silicone from the Real Dolls company and there will be an auction for her, beginning at a cool $50,000. Bidding, which closes at the end of the month, has already topped $100,000, according to the Sexônico website.

She has skin that is almost identical to a real human’s and has new, unprecedented functions for an inflatable doll. This creation by Real Dolls aims to reach maximum similarities to a real, human woman. Asides from her buxom body, she has real nails, teeth and human hair -- that must be washed with shampoo, obviously.

The auction for spending “the first night” with Valentina includes spending a night with her in a Presidential Suite in a 5-star hotel, together with an aromatherapy bathtub -- compete with rose petals and French Champagne -- to get you “in the mood”.

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