This Latina Housekeeper Was Accused Of Theft After She Found Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes Gown And Put It Up For Sale Months Later
The periwinkle Valentino dress that Lady Gaga wore to this year’s Golden Globes back in January was apparently left behind at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the celeb’s room after the award show. Sara Corea, the maid who found it hanging in the closet after the room was vacated, was quick to hand the couture gown over to lost-and-found. Eight months later, no one collected it. So Corea, a longtime housekeeper at the hotel, decided to auction it off and make some profit off of the situation.
Lady Gaga and her team left a couture gown behind, and Sara Corea, the housekeeper, claims that she did not steal it —she found it.
The opulent haute couture Valentino gown that made it into many ‘best dressed’ lists this January, was left behind in a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sara Corea, who has worked as a housekeeper at the hotel for the past 24 years, says she followed hotel policy and quickly handed it over to lost property. The dress was then held for eight months but since no one in the artist’s team nor the fashion house claimed it, the costly dress was released to the finder, Sara Corea in September. You know, finders keepers and all that.
The custom-made gown with its 10 foot train was placed up for auction with Nate D. Sanders.
The prestigious Beverly Hills auction house put the pop star’s dress up online with a starting bid of $8,000. Paperwork submitted to the auction house with the dress shows that Corea, in fact, left it with lost and found on January 8, 2018. That was three days after the Golden Globes.
Corea penned authenticity letters in her own handwriting in both English and Spanish.
Nate D. Sanders included several photos of the dress in the listing as well the lost and found ticket from the hotel, and a letter of authenticity provided by Corea in which she explained her role at the hotel and the many years she’s worked there during award season proving that she’s no stranger to the way things work.
“Hola, mi nombre es Sara Corea, Trabajo de recamarera para el hotel Beverly Hills Hilton. Siempre estoy presente para el evento Golden Globes en Enero de cada año por 34 años,” the letter reads. “La artista Lady Gaga me dejó el vestido que usó para ese dia de los premios. Hoy quiero ofrecerlo a la venta.” Since neither Lady Gaga nor her team ever claimed the dress, the auction house determined that Corea was in her right to sell it.
Things got murky when a representative of Valentino reported the dress as missing.
According to a Beverly Hills Police Department spokesperson, a representative from Valentino reported the dress missing. As it turns out, the dress was not Lady Gaga’s to gift, or leave behind. The fashion house claimed that the dress was on loan to her and it remains the property of Italian fashion house Valentino, helmed by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.
The issue had to be worked out between the hotel and the designer.
Police closed the investigation into who owns the Valentino couture gown that was custom designed by the fashion house’s creative director for Lady Gaga to wear at the 2019 award show as an homage to Judy Garland’s 1954 Golden Globes appearance for the original motion picture, “A Star Is Born.”
Beverly Hills authorities determined that the dress was not stolen.
The police closed the investigation after determining that Lady Gaga’s dress was not in fact stolen from Valentino. Therefore, the criminal investigation into Corea was dismissed and she was later allowed to sell the dress.
Corea was relieved from the criminal investigation and was able to auction the gown.
The top bid for the dress as of 12 p.m. local time Thursday was $17,152. The starting price for a Valentino haute couture dress is $150,000.
“Sumptuous dress in periwinkle blue was designed specifically for Lady Gaga by Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli in cascades of silk faille, perhaps a clever homage to the dress worn by Judy Garland in the original 1954 ‘A Star Is Born,'” reads the description of the dress on the auction website.
Where is Lady Gaga in all of this?
Neither the singer-turned-actress nor her styling team have commented on the issue. It seems to us that before accusing Corea of theft, making her undergo a criminal investigation it would have been pertinent for Valentino and The Beverly Hills Hotel to contact the artist herself, to clarify the issue.
Lady Gaga received worldwide accolades for this red carpet look. The performer’s outfit of the night was of special importance because as it turned out, Lady Gaga went on to become the first person to win a Golden Globe, Academy Award, Grammy and BAFTA, all in the same year and for the same performance. Her Golden Globes look, was worn on the night of one of those wins —and will go down in award ceremony history.