Singer Phil Collins has brought his large collection of historical Alamo artefacts to its original home, donating the over 200 rare items to Texas.
The $100 million collection includes a fringed leather pouch carried by Davy Crockett, one of the only remaining rifles owned by the soldier and frontiersman who died at the battle of the Alamo, and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife.
Phil Collins holds a Bowie knife that belonged to Jesse Robinson who fought under Jim Bowie at the Battle of Concepcion and the Siege of Bexar in San Antonio (photo: Daily Mail)
The David Crockett Pouch – Powder Flask – Musket Balls that Davy Crockett carried from his home in Tennessee into Texas (photo: Reuters)
The former Genesis singer said, in a news conference in front of a building across the street from the Alamo that will temporarily house the collection: “When I got older and became successful, I decided to spend my money on original items from the Alamo rather than on Ferraris,” Reuters reports.
“This completes the journey for me…These artifacts are coming home.”
On October 28, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson accepted the donation of the massive collection from the 1836 Battle of Alamo between Texas settlers and the Mexican Army, when Mexican troops launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio and Texans, seeking revenge, fought for Texas independence.
The singer-drummer became fascinated with the battle while watching the 1950s TV series ‘Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier’ when he was a child.
Collins isn’t donating all the items in his hands but will keep a number of them in his home in Switzerland since his nine-year-old son has also become interested in the famous battle.
A new historical center is planned to be built in San Antonio, the largest tourist attraction in the country, to display the Phil Collins Alamo Collection, which is thought to be the largest private collection.