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Hotel maid puts Lady Gaga’s ‘stolen’ Valentino dress auction

Hotel maid puts Lady Gaga’s ‘stolen’ Valentino dress up for auction

She found the gown in Gaga’s hotel room after the star wore it to the Golden Globes

A hotel maid who found the dress worn by Lady Gaga at this year’s Golden Globes has put it up for auction. Gaga wore the periwinkle silk Valentino gown, (featured in our list of looks that slayed the 2019 Golden Globes) to the awards ceremony back in January at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where she left it expecting – she says – a member of the Valentino team to pick it up. 

But hotel maid Sara Corea claims that she put the dress into lost property after finding it had been left in Gaga’s room. After going unclaimed for several months, it was then given back to her. Ms Corea then decided to put it up for sale. Auctioneers Nate D. Saunders have listed the dress, which will go under the hammer on Halloween at 5pm, and have included in the lot a “letter of authenticity” written by Ms Corea.

“Hello, my name is Sara,” the note reads. “I work as a Housekeeper at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I’m always present working in the Golden Globe events on January every year for 24 years.

“The artist ‘Lady Gaga’ left me this dress that she used for the day of the awards. I turned in the dress to lost and found on the 8th of January 2019. After the time legally held by lost and found they gave it to me as a gift from her and today I want to auction the dress.”

According to TMZ, “someone from Valentino” reported the dress as stolen to Beverly Hills Police on October 25, although upon investigating, the force determined that “no crime had taken place”. The issue is now being resolved between the designer and the hotel, TMZ reports, which could result in the dress being removed from the auction.

At the time of writing, two bids have been placed on the dress with the highest currently at $9,680 (£7,506). Valentino had no comment.