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Lupita Nyong'o gown found: Where was the pearl dress? (+video)

Lupita Nyong'o gown found: The dress covered by 6,000 pearls and worn by Lupita Nyong'o was found stuffed in a black plastic bag under a sink in the London Hotel.

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    The gown that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Academy Awards was found when the thief called TMZ.com and told them where to look.
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A white dress that strongly resembles the custom pearl-covered gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o'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 Nyong'o wore, she said.

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One of the actress' 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. 

The stunning white Akoya pearl-covered dress landed Lupita Nyong'o on many of the "best dressed" lists.  The Los Angeles Times wrote: "How can you not be impressed by the workmanship on this pearl-palooza?"

She said on the Oscars red carpet that she helped design the dress.  “It was so much fun to create this dress,” she said yesterday on the red carpet. “We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.”

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 TMZ.com, 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.

Nyong'o won an Oscar in 2014 for her role in "Twelve Years a Slave" and was a presenter at Sunday's ceremony. Her publicists declined comment Friday evening.

The 31-year-old actress has become a darling of Hollywood's red carpets in the past two years, with commenters and fans praising her fashion choices. She accessorized the dress with Chopard diamond earrings and diamond rings.

"There are a lot of collectors out there who are very private and have private collections of stolen merchandise," said style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson. "Some of these dresses have global fame as big as any Van Gogh."

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Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latams

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