June 27th, 2014
04:11 PM ET
Phil Collins is British, but he held in his possession some prized American artifacts.
According to the New York Times, the musician has a longheld love for memorabilia from the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, and had cultivated a massive collection of items from the landmark event. (His passion runs so deep he even wrote a book about it: "The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey.")
And on Thursday, he donated more than 200 of those items to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and the state of Texas.
Among the things handed over was a rifle used by Davy Crockett; a Mexican leader's belt buckle; and cannonballs that were used in battle.
All told, Collins estimates that he's spent about "seven figures" building up his collection. "Some people buy Ferraris and houses in different countries," the singer mused to the Times. "I buy bits of metal."
Now, those "bits of metal" are heading back to the place from whence they came.
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