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  • Writer's pictureCraig Stoltz

Phil Collins's $42 million Obsession with the Alamo



'80s arena rock god Phil Collins developed a fascination with the Alamo after seeing Walt Disney's Davy Crockett TV series as a five-year-old boy in London.


This turned into an obsession with collecting Alamo memorabilia, which in turn became a $42 million cache, one of the largest private collections. He's given it all to the Alamo Foundation now, and it's just gone on display in San Antonio.


In one dark room of the exhibit, a scale model diorama depicts the Alamo, and Collins's voice tells the story of the climactic battle. It's an uncharacteristically restrained performance.


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