LOS ANGELES — The dress that was stolen from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room after she wore it to the Oscars has been returned, TMZ reported Friday night, and the person who stole it is claiming the garment’s pearls were fake.
The gown was reported missing from the London West Hollywood hotel on Wednesday, when investigators said it was taken between 8 and 9 p.m. The pearl-covered garment was designed by Francisco Costa for the Calvin Klein Collection, and said to be worth $150,000.
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TMZ said the thief called Friday and said the dress would be in a bathroom next to a fitness center at the London — where authorities found it, or at least something resembling it, shortly thereafter.
The site also said the caller claimed to have taken a few pearls off the dress to have them looked at by a garment expert, and was told they were not real pearls (which can range from priceless diver pearls to run-of-the-mill cultured ones, which aren’t that much more expensive than plastic).
And though the dress was valued at $150,000, no one ever made the claim that the pearls themselves were especially valuable. Maybe the joke’s on the thief?
A rep for Nyong’o, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar last year for 12 Years a Slave, did not immediately return emails seeking comment after hours Friday.
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