I am dying to find out the story behind the Tiffany lamp in the middle of an open grassy lot at Loma Vista and Mountain drives in Beverly Hills.

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    Shopping mall tycoon Guilford Glazer put it there “to spruce up the view.” Glazer, listed in 2008 as the 48th-wealthiest Angeleno, lives across the street and owns the vacant lot. Rather than develop the land, he purchased the antique lampshade—shaped like a mushroom and colored purple, blue, and white—and stuck it on a four-foot pole surrounded by shrubs. That reminds me of a talk by Jerry Lewis I once attended. Somebody asked if he really wore a new pair of socks every day. He said yes. Why? “Because I’m rich!”
     
    Photograph courtesy Picasa/Martin Rosenthal