The dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globes is being returned to the Valentino archives after it was withdrawn from auction last month.
The haute couture gown had been set to go under the hammer at Nate D. Sanders Auction House on October 31, but was removed from the sale just moments before bidding closed on the piece amid claims it had been stolen by a maid.
The auction house said in a statement to DailyMail.com Saturday morning: ‘This iconic dress has been withdrawn from the auction and has been returned to the Valentino archives.
‘Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in the dress worn by Lady Gaga at the 2019 Golden Globes.’
There had been questions regarding the authenticity of the dress – which a Beverly Hilton housekeeper claims Gaga left in her room when she checked out after the Golden Globes – but this statement confirms the gown was in fact worn by the pop superstar.
Frock and roll: The Valentino Couture gown that Lady Gaga wore to the Golden Globes is being returned to the Valentino archives after it was withdrawn from auction last month (Gaga above at the Globes in January)
Ready to roll: The haute couture gown had been set to go under the hammer at Nate D. Sanders Auction House on October 31 amid claims the dress had been stolen by a maid, but was removed from the sale just moments before bidding closed on the piece (above the withdrawn auction note)
Previously, the gown was never authenticated by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, and a publicist for the design house had no comment when asked if the dress was real.
Earlier this month, DailyMail.com reported the top bid had been just under $19,000 before the lot was withdrawn.
This is far less than the $150,000 gowns like the one Gaga wore tend to start at due to their couture construction.
A police investigation into whether the dress was stolen was a brief one, and a spokesperson spoke to DailyMail.com after the probe was closed by officials.
‘On October 25, 2019, Beverly Hills Police responded to a radio call for service at 360 N. Rodeo Drive in reference of a possible theft investigation,’ said an officer.
‘During the investigation, it was determined that a designer dress which had been missing had recently been placed up for private auction. It was determined that no crime had taken place.’
The statement continued: ‘The police do not have an active criminal investigation. The matter is being resolved between the concerned parties.’
Those parties include the maid at The Beverly Hilton who found the dress and Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Pals: ‘On October 25, 2019, Beverly Hills Police responded to a radio call for service at 360 N. Rodeo Drive in reference of a possible theft investigation,’ said one cop (Gaga and Mark Ronson celebrate at the Beverly Hilton after their win at the Globes)
‘Sumptuous dress in periwinkle blue was designed specifically for 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,’ read a description of the dress on the auction website.
‘Lady Gaga received near universal accolades for this red carpet statement, to be remembered in the 2019 awards season where Gaga became the first person to win a Golden Globe, Academy Award, Grammy and BAFTA in one year.’
The dress was brought to the auction house by Sara Corea, a longtime maid at the Beverly Hilton.
She found it in the room while cleaning after the Golden Globes and brought the dress to the lost and found.
Approximately eight months later it became her property when it was not claimed by the singer.
Limited proof: It was left to her as a gift from Lady Gaga she claims, but there is also no proof beyond the word of the maid and the tags inside the dress
Corea claims that the dress was a gift all along, thought it is unclear if it was Gaga’s gift to give at the time.
That was actually the third couture gown Lady Gaga wore from the design house during her press blitz for A Star is Born.
She kicked things off with a feathery pink number at the Venice Film Festival in August, and then wore an understated black version of her Golden Globes dress in November at the Governor’s Awards.
The day after the Golden Globes, one of her stylists, Tom Eerebout, posted a photo of the dress and wrote: ‘Far from the shallow now … still not over last nights look.’
The Golden Globes was on a Sunday, and per the lost and found receipt, Gaga did not check out until Thursday, when she flew across the country to pick up her Best Actress honor from The National Board of Review.
Gaga has not been seen in any Valentino since the Golden Globes.
This auction also comes as the Haus of Gaga experience, featuring a large display of her dresses, comes to a close as her residency wraps up in Las Vegas.
Very Valentino: Lady Gaga wore two Valentino gowns prior during her press tour, at the premiere in Venice (on left) and at the Governor’s Awards (on right)
That could explain any delay on Valentino’s end, who may have thought the dress was in the exhibit.
A spokesperson for the Beverly Hilton had previously stated: ‘While we are still conducting an internal investigation to understand all the facts, we have no reason to believe the item was stolen.
‘We are working with all parties to retrieve the item and have it returned to its rightful owner as soon as possible.’
In her letter, Sara claims that the dress was a very expensive thank you gift from Lady Gaga.
‘I work as a housekeeper at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I’m always present working in the Golden Globe events on January ever year for 24 years,’ wrote Sara.
‘The artist (singer) ‘Lady Gaga’ left me this dress that she used the day of the awards (won first place because of the dress.)’
She went on to state: ‘I turned in the dress to the 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.’
A receipt does seem to show that the dress was tucked away until September in lost and found, likely under less than ideal conditions.