This Is How Much A Bob Ross Painting Is Really Worth

This Is How Much A Bob Ross Painting Is Really Worth


Everyone loves Bob Ross, and if you don’t
love Bob Ross, it’s clearly because you have an unhappy little soul. Ross became an icon back in the early 1980’s
when he began effortlessly creating landscapes on PBS, and he’s even more of an icon now,
nearly a quarter of a century after his 1995 death. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people
want to own a Bob Ross original painting. But how much do they actually cost? According to Smithsonian, Bob Ross made 1,143
paintings for his PBS show, The Joy of Painting. There were actually three versions of each
individual painting. The first he made as a reference work to be
used during the taping. This version was hidden off camera. The second painting in the trio was the one
he made on camera, and the third he made afterward to be used in instructional books. But he certainly made more paintings than
just the ones for his show – Ross himself claimed he’d made 30,000 paintings in his
lifetime. To put that number in perspective, it’s roughly
15 times as many works of art as Vincent van Gogh is believed to have made during his lifetime. “Hello, I’m Bob Ross. I’m certainly glad you could join me today. It’s a fantastic day here and I hope it is
wherever you’re at. Are you ready to do a fantastic painting?” And Ross also claimed that most of the paintings
he created for his show were auctioned off by local PBS stations. During one of his shows, he reportedly said “One of the questions that I hear over and
over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Most of these paintings are donated to PBS
stations across the country. They auction them off, and they make a happy
buck with ’em. So if you’d like to have one, get in touch
with your PBS station, ’cause … we give them to stations all over the country to help
them out with their fundraisers.” So with that many Bob Ross paintings to choose
from out in the wild, it seems like you ought to be able to buy one, right? Well, not so fast. Despite Ross’s claims that most of his televised
works were sold at auction during PBS fundraisers, there seem to be surprisingly few Ross paintings
actually on the market. And it’s not because they’re so coveted by
collectors, or hanging on the walls of people who just are not willing to part with them,
or inside museums. According to the New York Times, it’s actually
because they’re in a bunch of cardboard boxes in a room at Bob Ross Inc., the company that
manages Ross’s legacy. Yes, much like the Ark of the Covenant, they’re
in storage, even if they belong in a museum. “That belongs in a museum!” Bob Ross Inc. currently has 1,165 original
Bob Ross paintings in a private storage room in its northern Virginia headquarters. It’s hard to say how many of those were created
for the PBS show and how many of them were created for other reasons, but it’s kind of
starting to look like maybe “most” of them weren’t auctioned off by PBS. And Bob Ross Inc. doesn’t plan on selling
them, either. Some of Bob Ross’ paintings were donated to
the Smithsonian, though, so you may someday get to look at them in person… but that’s
as close as you’ll probably ever get. And even that is theoretical at the moment:
the museum hasn’t actually made any plans to put them on display yet, so when fans will
get to see them is still a pretty big question. If you’re diligent and you keep your feelers
out, though, an opportunity to buy a Bob Ross painting might one day surface. The president of Bob Ross Inc. told the New
York Times that the paintings do rarely sell online for between $8,000 and $10,000 And not long ago two of Bob Ross’ earlier
works turned up in an Alaskan antique store. Before Ross taught the world the joy of painting,
he used to paint gold pans and sell them for $25; in 2018, a pair of Ross original gold
pans resurfaced and sold within a day for $3,500 each. If you do find an original Bob Ross listed
for sale, though, here’s a tip: Have it authenticated before shelling out that kind of money. It won’t be easy to find a real one and it
won’t be cheap, either. But hey, it’s still way cheaper than a Van
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