The $150,000 dress that Lupita Nyong’o worse to the Oscars has been stolen, according to reports. It was taken from West Hollywood’s London Hotel while the actress was not in the room. This particular dress was covered in 6,000 natural pearls, and was custom-made by Calvin Klein. The company has not yet commented on the crime.
Sheriff Lt. William Nash confirmed the crime on Wednesday, saying that his team was checking the CCTV footage to see if they could apprehend the burglar. However, no arrests have been made yet. Nyong’o has not yet commented on what has happened, but she is likely shook up by the events. Nyong’o was just lucky that she was not in the room at the time.
Nyong’o wore the dress to this year’s Oscars. While on the red carpet, the 31-year-old said that the dress was her homage to Prince, the musician, and that she was just wearing her pearls and diamonds. She wanted the dress to be a “homage to the sea,” and there were talks about it being liquid and fluid. It is clear that the dress means a lot to her.
For some experts, the crime is not that surprising. Mary Alice Stephenson, a fashion commentator, said that similar stories have occurred over the years. It is not that shocking that it occurred in Nyong’o’s hotel room, especially when it cost so much money. The style expert once had her Fendi bag stolen and it was held for ransom.
Stephenson explained that the custom ivory dress like that could bring in a lot of money. According to reports, the Nyong’o Oscar dress is valued at $150,000, so it is not surprising that it has been stolen.
Many would wonder who would be able to get away with buying a stolen dress like this. However, Stephenson said that there are a number of collectors who have private collections of stolen property. It will not be hard for the right people to find the perfect buyer.
While that may be the case, it could be difficult to get the full amount knowing that the dress is stolen. Bryan Abbott, director of Los Angeles Auction House, said that it would be problematic getting the best amount on the black market. People there are looking for something cheap, and it is much harder to prove that Nyong’o’s dress had received celebrity status; that is where the extra value comes in. He believes it will be difficult to sell such a dress right now. It would need to be buried for “a hundred years.”
On their own, Nyong’o’s pearls would not even have that much value. There may be 6,000 of them, but pearls no longer have a large resale value unless manufactured by someone famous. If that manufacturer was used, the dress would be worth millions of dollars and not $150,000.
However, that will not stop the police from searching for Nyong’o’s thief. Right now, nobody has been apprehended, but it only happened on Wednesday. There is still time to find the person who stole the $150,000 dress that Nyong’o wore to the Oscars this year.
By Alexandria Ingham
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