Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen Oscar dress recovered Authorities say they have recovered a dress that strongly resembles Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen pearl-covered dress estimated to be worth $150,000.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received a call about 3 p.m. from TMZ saying the celebrity news website had received an anonymous call from someone who said the dress was left at the London West Hollywood hotel, where it was reported stolen two days ago, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
The caller took the dress to the garment district in downtown L.A. and discovered the pearls were fake, Nishida said. Instead of keeping the dress, the caller returned to the hotel and left the dress in a second-floor bathroom that is under renovation, Nishida added.
Detectives must talk to Nyong’o and anybody with knowledge about the dress to confirm it is the same dress she wore to the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Sheriff’s officials were notified Wednesday that the dress was stolen from a room at the hotel, said Lt. William Nash of the sheriff’s West Hollywood station.
The dress was a white Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown decorated with 6,000 pearls.
Nyong’o told Yahoo Style that she helped design the dress.
“It was so much fun to create this dress,” she said. “We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.”
As for the pearls, she added on the red carpet Sunday: “At the end of the night, we’ll see how many I’ve kept on. But they’re sewn on quite tightly.”
TMZ: Lupita Nyong’o Dress Returned To Scene of the Crime!
Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar gown was returned to The London West Hollywood Friday afternoon where it was taken 2 days earlier … and the thief called TMZ to tell us where it could be found and added it was a worthless fake.
A guy called us at around 2:30 PM Friday and said he had taken the dress from Lupita’s hotel room after he noticed the door was ajar. He said he and others took 2 pearls off of the dress and took them to the garment district in downtown L.A. … where they were told they weren’t real.
The thief says he decided to take the dress back to the London in a garment bag that was inside a trash bag that he deposited in a 2nd floor bathroom adjacent to a fitness center.
We contacted the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. and gave them the info. They went over to the hotel and retrieved the bag and they found a garment bag with the dress inside.
Law enforcement says they were told the Calvin Klein dress was worth $150K, but the thief says it’s almost worthless.
The thief told us he returned the bag and called us because he wanted the world to know “Hollywood’s fake bulls**t.”