Lupita and the mystery of the stolen dress

The recent events surrounding Lupita’s $150,000 pearl dress, that she wore to the Oscars and was reported stolen this past week has developed into a story that sounds more like an episode of 70s detective classic Columbo.

Well folks, grab some popcorn this is getting very interesting.

Here’s what’s developed so far:

A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita’s hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s official said.

The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel “greatly resembles” the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress the actress wore to Sunday’s Academy Awards, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.

Detectives were trying to verify whether the recovered dress is the same one Lupita wore, she said.

One of the actor’s representatives reported the dress was stolen from her room at the London Hotel late Wednesday.

Authorities placed its value at $150,000, although experts say it could have fetched more on the black market. Reports overnight, meanwhile, said the pearls on the dress may in fact have been fake, causing the thief to abandon the dress.

In a statement to Women’s Wear Daily, Costa said everyone at Calvin Klein was thrilled to learn that the dress may have been found.

“Once it’s returned to us, we will be able to have the dress restored and archived, as it now represents an important moment for the brand,” Costa said in his statement.

The recovery of the dress was first reported by, which said that a person claiming to have taken the gown gave the celebrity website information about where to find the dress.

Detectives found it in a black garment bag stashed underneath the bathroom counter.

Lupita’s publicists declined to comment about the matter.

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