Thief Returns Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar Dress

The case of the £97,000 'fake'

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A thief who stole Lupita Nyong'o's gorgeous white Oscar gown returned it because he discovered the jewels on the dress were fake.

Fashionistas all over the world were simply devastated to learn that Nyong'o's insanely beautiful white gown had been stolen from her room at the London West hotel in Hollywood. The Calvin Klein dress was said to be covered in more than 6,000 pearls and valued at more than $150,000 (£97,000). Cameras at the hotel failed to catch any images of the thief, who disappeared seemingly without a trace. The theft was widely reported, leaving the film and fashion world stunned with how such a valuable dress had managed to get stolen. 

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But no so fast. 

Over the weekend, the weird Case of the Stolen Oscar Gown got a whole lot stranger. The dress thief called TMZ on Friday, telling them a jaw-dropping story. Yes, he was the one who stole the dress (he knew where all the security cameras were hidden and managed to sneak around them). He gave TMZ precise instructions on where the dress could be found. But why on Earth would he return such an expensive item? Because, the thief told TMZ, the pearls on the dress were fakes.

'[He] had taken the dress from Lupita's hotel room after he noticed the door was ajar. He said he and others took 2 pearls off of the dress and took them to the garment district in downtown L.A. ... where they were told they weren't real.'

When he found out they were fake, he called TMZ to let them know where cops could find a bag that contained the dress. Leave it to a thief to be ungrateful and crabby that what he stole wasn't as valuable as he thought. Tough luck, buddy. 

TMZ reports that Calvin Klein representatives never told police if the dress pearls were real or fake, adding that the only person who indicated the pearls were real was Nyong'o's stylist. 

The good thing in all of this weird mess is that the dress is back. Real or fake pearls; she looked like a beautiful princess on the red carpet and frankly that's all that really matters. 

Photo above, Getty Images

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