DALLAS (AP) - Gabriel Barbier-Mueller bought his first samurai armor about 20 years ago in Paris, sparking a fascination that helped him create one of the most significant private collections in the world related to the Japanese warriors.
Although the vast majority of the Texas-based real estate developer's pieces come from auction houses, art dealers and collectors, he still relishes visiting small European antiques stores seeking hidden treasures.
The Swiss-born Barbier-Mueller opened a samurai museum last year near downtown Dallas. And part of the collection - now numbering in the hundreds - is on an international tour that began two years ago in Paris and opened this month at Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum. It will head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after the current exhibit ends Aug. 17.
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