Phil Collins’ Alamo Collection
Phil Collins’ Alamo collection is one of the largest private collections of Alamo-related items in the world.

Phil Collins

'Phil Collins'
'Phil Collins'

Philip David Charles Collins (1951-present) is a British musician and actor.

He is best known as the drummer and singer in progressive rock band Genesis and for his successful solo career.

He is an ardent supporter of animal rights and a collector of Alamo memorabilia.1

The Battle of the Alamo

The battle took place in 1836 at the Alamo, a mission in San Antonio Texas.

A pivotal battle of the Texas Revolution, it saw nearly 200 Texian men, including David Crockett and Jim Bowie, attempt to defend the mission against the Mexican Army.2

After a 13 day siege, all but two of the men were killed.

The collection

'Collins and some of his Alamo collection'
'Collins and some of his Alamo collection'

Collins owns “the largest private collection of Alamo memorabilia in the world” which has been gathered over the last 15 years.3 It numbers almost 1,000 items according to UK newspaper the Sun.4

His interest in the Alamo dates back to his childhood when “he became fascinated with Fess Parker’s portrayal of Davy Crockett in the long-running TV series”, according to the Front Row website.

One of Collins’ most prized possessions is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barrett Travis for 32 head of cattle, used to feed the Alamo defenders.

Collins claims to own hundreds of cannonballs, documents and other artefacts from the Alamo, housed in the basement of his home in Switzerland.

Other items included in the collection are saddles, weapons, shells, pieces of horse harness, clothing, letters from Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, posters from the 1960 film starring John Wayne, and teeth found near the site of the battle.5

Many of the items were “discovered beneath the foundations of a shop near the Alamo site that Collins bought just so that he could dig underneath it”, according to UK newspaper the Telegraph.

Collins has commented, "It's all very well insured. . . I never sell. I give these things a home."6

See also

Main article: list of notable militaria collectors

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