Bell began his lifelong dedication to the Life and Career of Elizabeth
Taylor in 1963. Today, 47 years later, he has amassed a fantastic,
world renowned collection of over 20,000 photographs from literally
around the world including 8x10 color and black & white glossies,
stills, rare and/or never before published photos, very rare studio
photos, magazine and newspaper photos, news clippings and more. Catalogued
and compiled “encyclopedia style” in 90+ binders, the
collection thoroughly documents Taylor’s life and career.
the years, Elizabeth Taylor has acknowledged Bell’s fabulous
collection, as have her press agents, various writers and the press.
Since 1973 it has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine
addition, Hannon Bell has appeared on TV shows and news segments
to discuss the collection. Bell has been contacted by authors Kitty
Kelly and C. David Heymann for his expertise and worked extensively
with Heymann on his book, “Liz, An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth
Hannon Bell has most undoubtedly created the largest
and most unique personal collection on Elizabeth Taylor in the world
by a private individual. Reputed to be the largest, it is definitely
one of a kind, impossible to duplicate.
the sheer intensity of the methodically compiled photographs in
the volumes of unerring accuracy, to the rare never before published
photos and the original Cleopatra script; this collection is mind-boggling.
Of particular interest, is the binder containing all original press
clippings, letters and more the collection has garnered since 1973.
This binder is a very important component to the validity of the
collection as it substantiates its value and importance. Over the
years, Taylor has acknowledged the collection and it’s creator,
as have press agents John Springer and Chen Sam through a host of
letters. Writes Kitty Kelly (Elizabeth Taylor, The Last Star) and
C. David Heymann (Liz, An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor,
whom Bell worked with on his book), have sought out his expertise.
in this binder are all the mentions Hannon and his collection have
received in People, Life and Celebrity magazines as well as newspaper
and magazine articles and features from across Canada and the U.S.
is a series of videotapes on the collection via TV news and programs
aired in Canada and the U.S. Also included is a video library of
Taylor’s work on film as well as a library of books written
on Taylor and related subjects. Bell expands his dedication to his
subject by including the three songs he wrote to Elizabeth Taylor.
Winner of two lyric awards from the American Song Festival, Bell’s
up-tempo, romantic and jazzy songwriting techniques are evident
as he tells an intelligent yarn of his passion to Taylor. Hannon
Bell is not just a fan; he’s the ultimate fan.
The Lavender Lady (1976), with it’s chorus, “she’s
the lady oh yes, my passion, my passion, my passion” holds
special meaning. And for good reason.
to press agents John Springer and Chen Sam and sent to Taylor at
the same time as the t-shirts “Hannon’s Passion”
were asked for by Taylor (1976/77), the naming of the perfume Elizabeth
Taylor’s Passion launched ten years later is ironically familiar.
A Fan (1982), about Hannon’s experience of first seeing Taylor
in person at the stage door of the Martin Beck Theatre in NYC during
The Little Foxes.
At The Movies (1983), autobiographical account of being Taylor’s
unique, one of a kind and the World’s Largest Collection on
Elizabeth Taylor is what Hannon Bell has created. C. David Heymann
summed it up best when he personally wrote a dedication to Hannon in his book,
“A Woman Named Jackie”, “To Hannon, who has the
finest Elizabeth Taylor collection in the world”. 1991 NYC.
fascinating collection includes:
100 2” binders (in chronological order) documenting
the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor from infancy to present.
Approximately 20,000 photos, press clippings, programs, letters
and more including a binder of all correspondence to Hannon Bell
from press agents John Springer, Chen Sam, writers Kitty Kelly,
C. David Heymann plus all original newspaper and magazine clippings
written about The Hannon Bell Collection.
unpublished photos of Taylor shot by Hannon Bell in NYC
rare... A series of 14 – 11x14 date stamped proof
sheets taken on the set of CLEOPATRA – never published.
rare... A selection of Elizabeth Taylor Feature magazines
in excellent condition.
Liz Taylor – Her Life, Her Loves, etc.
Liz, Debbie, Eddie
Screen Story “CLEOPATRA”
Film Careers – Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor’s Love Diary
Liz Taylor’s Loves
Newsweek 1963 Cleopatra cover/article
Elizabeth Taylor – Portrait of a Legend
Huge selection of magazines from around the world
featuring Taylor on the cover or inside PLUS:
June 25/56, Oct 14/58, July 8/58, April 12/60, Feb. 27/62,
May 7/63, April 24/64
LIFE - Dec 18/56, June 10/66, Feb. 24/67
McLEANS Sept 4/65
PARIS MATCH Oct/56 July/58
POST June 1/63
Paris Match Cover
The Taming of the Shrew
The Little Foxes
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (studio program)
unpublished songs by Hannon Bell
The Lavender Lady (acknowledged by Taylor)
I’m a Fan
Love at the Movies
(NOTE: ownership will be given to buyer)
2 Original T Shirts 1974 HANNON’S
PASSION – ELIZABETH TAYLOR
HANNON’S PASSION - CLEOPATRA
NOTE: Requested by Taylor, sent to Taylor and believed to
be the inspiration for the name of Taylor’s perfume “PASSION”.
book “A Woman Named Jackie" by C. David Heymann with
a hand written note inside “To Hannon, who has the finest
Elizabeth Taylor collection in the world”. This book was
sent as a gift while Bell worked with Heymann on his Taylor book.
Story of the filming of Raintree
Official Movie Book
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Elizabeth Taylor in London
King Press Kit (sent to me after my request to Mr. King)
on his interview with Taylor.
Includes rare slides mailing envelope and video of interview.
Kit – Between Friends
selection of extra stills (various), lobby
cards, magazine covers (loose).
A large library of books on or regarding Elizabeth
Taylor, including E Happy Birthday Elizabeth (65th souvenir party
book – very rare). List available on request.
Taylor Fan c. 1981 NYC The Little Foxes
published photos of Elizabeth Taylor
Candid c. 1960
Cleopatra by Roddy McDowall
Framed poster – Nobody Makes Me Cry 1983
Cleopatra Poster 1963
As Helen of Troy in Doctor Faustus 1968
Post cover of Taylor and Burton as Cleopatra and Antony
Framed Andy Warhol print of “LIZ” as Cleopatra
Taylor Plate and Stand
library of Taylor films, interviews etc.
(list supplied by request only)
of Hannon Bell interviews/shows re: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor 1991 Calendar
2000 Calendar “Icons”
Liz Taylor rubber mask
Porcelain painted hanging mask of Elizabeth as Cleopatra
A large selection of loose photos and press clippings
Elizabeth Taylor Book Display cut outs (promo material)
Takes Off (2)
-The Last Star
-Liz – An Intimate Biography
Collection is to be sold in its entirety.
No part of this site including copy or photos may be reprinted with out written permission. All enquiries should be addressed to Hannon Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org