The tie guy: Alex Bennett claims to have the world's largest tie collection

photo Alex Bennett, 23, an assistant manager at Jos. A. Bank at Hamilton Place, figures he has about 60,000 ties in his 20-year collection. He says he never wears the same tie twice.

photo Among the novelty designs are these fish ties.

photo Among the novelty designs are a smoldering cigar tie.

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