Phil Collins - Phil Collins Donating Valuable Alamo Collection To Texas Officials

British rocker Phil Collins is donating his entire collection of artefacts related to Texas' historic Battle of the Alamo to local officials.

The Genesis star, who has been obsessed with the famous battleground since he was a child, visited the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in San Antonio on Thursday (26Jun14) and announced plans to hand over his vast memorabilia haul to bosses at the Texas General Land Office.

Collins' trove, which includes a rifle owned by American soldier Davy Crockett and his leather shot pouch, is thought to be the world's largest private collection of Alamo pieces, and is worth millions.

During the visit, the singer joked that he had spent "all the money that I made from music" on the historical items to commemorate the pivotal event during the Texas Revolution, and confessed he was parting with the pieces to ensure they would be better cared for by experts.

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

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson revealed a new building would be constructed to house the epic collection, while some items would go on display at the current Alamo site later this year (14).

But that doesn't mean Collins will stop buying artefacts: "Once I've lived with whatever I buy for a month, I'll ship it over here."


Contactmusic

Tags: Phil Collins


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Beyonce teased us all over the weekend, when she shared a 15 second...

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr...

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

Ahead of his wedding to Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney has...

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Farrah Franklin, the forgotten fourth member of Destiny’s Child, found herself...

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Speaking at the Television Critics Association preview night on Monday, lead actor...

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance

Yet in conversation with Access Hollywood, Diesel summed up the relationship between...

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance
Advertisement

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

There's a new boyband on the UK pop scene who have somehow managed to storm single charts...

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Krusty the Clown may have chucked his last chuckle and played his last Itchy and Scratchy...

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV

After being on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, some people like to retire...

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Phil Collins Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Phil Collins

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All