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Hannon 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.

Throughout 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 articles.

In 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 Taylor.”

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.

From 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.

Also 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.

Included 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.

Sung 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.

I’m 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.

Love At The Movies (1983), autobiographical account of being Taylor’s “super fan”.

Mind-boggling, 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.

This fascinating collection includes:

Over 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.

   

Original CLEOPATRA script

Original unpublished photos of Taylor shot by Hannon Bell in NYC 1981

Very rare... A series of 14 – 11x14 date stamped proof sheets taken on the set of CLEOPATRA – never published.

Very 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

A Huge selection of magazines from around the world featuring Taylor on the cover or inside PLUS:
LOOK 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

McCALLS Jan/62
McLEANS Sept 4/65
PARIS MATCH Oct/56 July/58
LHJ Feb./54
COLLIERS Feb./56
POST June 1/63

Posters
Cleopatra
Nightwatch
Ivanhoe
“LIZ”
Cynthia
Paris Match Cover

Programs
Cleopatra

The Taming of the Shrew
The Little Foxes
Private Lives
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (studio program)

Original 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”.

     

Autographed 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 County

Flintstones Official Movie Book

Soundtrack Albums
Cleopatra (never opened)
Cleopatra
The VIP’S
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Elizabeth Taylor in London

Larry 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.

Press Kit – Between Friends

Small 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.

Liz Taylor Fan c. 1981 NYC The Little Foxes

Framed 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

Elizabeth Taylor Plate and Stand

Video library of Taylor films, interviews etc.
(list supplied by request only)

Videotapes of Hannon Bell interviews/shows re: Elizabeth Taylor

Miscellaneous Materials including:
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)
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Elizabeth Takes Off (2)
-The Last Star

-Liz – An Intimate Biography

The 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 hannonspassion@gmail.com

All photos used on this site are from the Hannon Bell Collection
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