WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Officials Thursday were investigating a report that the dress actress Lupita Nyong’o wore at the 2015 Academy Awards was stolen from her West Hollywood hotel room.
Nyong’o contacted authorities Wednesday night stating her dress, that was valued at $150,000, was taken from her London West Hollywood hotel room, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Bowman said.
She told detectives she left her room Wednesday morning and when she returned the dress, which was adorned with 6,000 white Akoya pearls, was missing.
It was unclear if her room was ransacked.
Sheriff’s detectives were on scene gathering evidence, including possible surveillance video.
“So far it appears just hotel staff [had access to the room] but we’re conducting an investigation and interviews as far as who’s involved, we don’t know yet,” West Hollywood Sheriff Lt .Mike White told KCAL9’s Adrianna Weingold.
He added, “I don’t know if someone would try to sell the dress in its entirety, whole, or try to just sell the pearls.”
In a statement, Brittany Hershkowitz, the hotel’s official representative said, “This is a terribly unfortunate situation, and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.”
The actress, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years A Slave” in 2014, wore the one-of-a-kind Calvin Klein dress to the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
On the red carpet, Nyong’o gushed about the dress she collaborated on with Klein designer Francisco Costa.
“I’m just wearing my diamonds and pearls, an homage to Prince.”
The actress’ publicist declined to comment.
Detectives told Weingold that whoever stole the dress could face burglary and grand theft charges.