A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong’o’s Los Angeles hotel room earlier this week has turned up under a bathroom sink in the same hotel.
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.
Detectives were trying to verify whether the recovered dress is the same one Nyong’o wore, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
One of the actress’ representatives reported the dress was stolen from her room at the London Hotel late on Wednesday.
Authorities placed its value at $US150,000 ($A192,480), although experts say it could have fetched more on the black market.
Women’s Wear Daily reported the dress was made of 6000 crystal pearls on silk lame and that its value was undetermined.
However, conflicting reports also state that the value may be inflated as the pearls were not authentic.
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.
“I’m happy that it has been potentially recovered,” Nyong’o said in the statement to Women’s Wear Daily.
“It’s a timeless and priceless piece of art.”
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.