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Written by RogorMortis   
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Phil Collins donates revolution artifacts to Alamo
SAN ANTONIO — Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does.

The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts — one so vast it is considered the world’s largest such private collection.

Collins, the 63-year-old Genesis singer and drummer, joked he’d spent ‘‘all the money that I made from music’’ on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans.

‘‘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.’’

Collins has been an Alamo aficionado since growing up in London and watching actor Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett in a 1950s Disney miniseries. ‘‘I’ve had a love affair with this place since I was about 5 years old,’’ said Collins. ‘‘It was something that I used to go and play in the garden with my soldiers.’’

Collins said his favorite artifact was also his first, a receipt for the sale of the saddle of John W. Smith, an Alamo messenger who rode through Mexican lines and pleaded for reinforcements before the battle.
 
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