Back in February 2008, when the doyenne real estate broker Sharon Baum announced that she’d no longer be driving a hunter green Rolls-Royce Silver Spur upholstered in camel-colored leather and blessed with her famous “SOLD 1” custom license plate–it was an early sign that the Upper East Side’s long era of sparkly glitz was ending.Ms. Baum, who dated Michael Bloomberg after Harvard Business School, sold a record $40 million townhouse, and is known for wearing a diamond brooch that matches her Rolls’ plate, said at the time that she’d be using a Vespa instead.
By Max Abelson, Nov. 12, 2009 NY Observer

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