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Collectors are wired for the prickly stuff that won the West

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Two huge balls of barbed wire mark the entrance to the Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Tx. The museum is home to thousands of specimens and is a mecca for barbed wire collectors. (Photo by Brian Bennett)

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As a collectible, barbed wire has everything it needs--a wire guru, annual conventions and a special kind of wire that is the crown jewel of every collection, the coveted Dodge Star. But recent wildfires in Texas have threatened the supply of collectible antique wire.