Police recover pearl gown stolen from movie star Nyong'o
Actress Lupita Nyong'o poses on the red carpet in this combination image for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California (AFP)

A $150,000 pearl-encrusted dress stolen from the hotel room of Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o has been found, Los Angeles police said.

The custom-made gown, encrusted with some 6,000 pearls, went missing from the Oscar-winning star's hotel room after she turned heads in it Sunday on the Academy Awards red carpet.

"A dress that greatly resembles the dress that was stolen" was recovered, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Nicole Nishida, told AFP.

The elaborate Calvin Klein pearl dress designed by Francisco Costa was reported missing from the London West Hollywood hotel just off Sunset Boulevard late Wednesday.

Nyong'o won a best supporting actress Oscar last year for her performance in the drama "12 Years A Slave."

The Kenyan-born actress has wowed fashion critics with her bold sartorial choices since her breakout performance.