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Phil Collins Donates Alamo Collection To Texas Museum

Kathy Zerbib |
June 26, 2014 | 8:17 p.m. PDT

Senior Entertainment Editor

Phil Collins at a press conference (Twitter/@KPRCLocal2).
Phil Collins at a press conference (Twitter/@KPRCLocal2).
Phil Collins is donating his extensive collection of Alamo artifacts from the 1836 battle to a Texas museum. Collins credits his success in the music industry for allowing him to accumulate such a wide collection.

Growing up, Collins came to adore the Alamo story when he watched the 1950s TV series "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier." Crockett was one of the Alamo's protectors, who died defending the turf he loved.

Collins spent the next few decades purchasing items from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo, allowing him to own the largest known private collection of memorabilia. Part of his 200-piece collection includes one of Crockett's rifles and a Bowie knife.

"Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins told reporters at a press conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The collection will be moved from his home in Switzerland to Texas in the new few months.

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