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    Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:37:50

    Phil Collins Donates Alamo Artifacts - He had a huge collection

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    • Phil Collins - SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 26: Phil Collins speaks in front of The Alamo, announcing the donation of his collection of historical Alamo artifacts on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
    • Phil Collins - SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 26: Phil Collins stands in front of The Alamo after announcing the donation of his collection of historical Alamo artifacts on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
    • Phil Collins - SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 26: Phil Collins speaks in front of The Alamo, announcing the donation of his collection of historical Alamo artifacts on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

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    Phil Collins is donating his entire collection of Battle of the Alamo artifacts to local official in Texas.

    It is interesting that Collins had an extensive collection of items from an American historical period, since Collins is British!

    Collins visited the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in San Antonio last week and revealed that he would be turning over his historical haul to Texas General Land Office.

    Among the items in Collins' collection, which is said to be the largest in the private sector and worth millions, are a rifle owned by Davy Crockett and his leather shot pouch.

    Why is he giving them up? So that they can be properly cared for. While he enjoyed owning the items, it was a singular enjoyment.

    "Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins said. "It's at my home, in my basement in Switzerland. I look at it every day, but no one else was enjoying it."

    How generous of him!

    Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson confirmed that a new building would be erected to hold the items and that some items would go on display at the current Alamo site later this year.

    What is your favorite period in history?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.30.14



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