Phil Collins donates extensive Alamo collection to museum

By Kyle Johnson,

Musician Phil Collins revealed on Thursday that he will be donating his rather large collection of artifacts from the Alamo to a museum at that Texas location.

The Grammy award winner has long been a fan of the 1836 battle and has spent years collecting artifacts hailing from the Alamo, reports Reuters. He has admitted his interest was sparked while watching the 1950's television show Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

"Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins said.

The 63-year-old's collection consisted of more than 200 pieces from the site and has been kept at his Switzerland home, according to The Associated Press, but he felt he should share the collection with others.

"It's at my home, in my basement in Switzerland. I look at it every day, but no one else was enjoying it," he said.

Collins' collection began in the 1990s when his then-wife purchased a receipt that was from the sale of John W. Smith's saddle. Since then he has picked up many artifacts, including several items that used to be Crockett's, including a rifle, leather shot pouch and powder horns.

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