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Guy Weill, 92, collector of Asian art

NEW YORK -- Guy Weill, a collector with museum-class holdings of Asian art, died Aug. 17 at his home in New York City, said his daughter Kathryn. He was 92.

Born in Zurich, Mr. Weill began dealing in art while still a teenager, buying and selling sketches by Picasso.

Mr. Weill and his wife, Marie-Hélène, were avid collectors, first in Abstract Expressionism and then in Asian art starting in the 1960s. They amassed a significant collection over the next 40 years. In 2002, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted an exhibition, ``Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie- Hélène and Guy Weill."

Mr. Weill came to the United States in 1938 and served in the US military, working in military intelligence and making use of his fluency in seven languages, his daughter said.

After World War II, he started a menswear store, British American House, which specialized in fashion with products by Burberry and Aquascutum.

Mr. Weill leaves his wife; two other daughters, Claudia and Patricia; four grandchildren; and his sister, Marianne Lester.

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