So You Want To Buy A Bob Ross Painting

Long story short: Original Bob Ross paintings are so expensive, you could use the money and buy yourself something like this instead..

If you have seen more than five episodes of ‘The Joy of Painting’ you probably thought about buying an original Bob Ross painting. While it is easy to paint one in his style yourself (even if you’ve never painted before) a painting by Bob himself is just something else. How hard can it be to get one? There are over 400 episodes of ‘The Joy of Painting’ and Bob did three copies of every painting on the show. So there should be over 1200 paintings from the TV show alone out there, and some of them just have to be on eBay or some other website.

So you open up your favorite search engine, try your luck with something like “Buy Bob Ross Painting” and are greeted with pages upon pages of Bob Ross replica paintings:

eBay doesn’t look much better either:

Beautiful paintings, but they all are just done in “Bob Ross Style”, none of them are done by Bob himself. So for the average person the question “Can I buy a Bob Ross painting?” has a definite answer: No.


It is rumored that in his lifetime Bob made over 30.000 paintings, so what happened to them all? Why is it so hard to find an original Bob Ross painting on sale? Here is what Bob said about some of them:

“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.”

What happened to the other thousands of paintings Bob did outside of the TV show isn’t known, but if you’re lucky and look hard enough you might come across an eBay listing like this:

So, an original Bob Ross for sale might cost you a few thousand dollars, but at least there is free shipping! This particular painting also includes a letter from the original owner who used to be stationed with Bob in the US Air Force Base in Alaska.

If you want to have a Bob Ross-esque painting on your wall you can always grab your brushes and paint it yourself. Not only will your paintings look as good as Bob’s with some practice but you’ll get to experience the joy of painting first hand.

If you think you have an original Bob Ross painting or are about to buy one, you can send a mail to and ask them to verifiy that it was really done by Bob Ross himself.

40 Replies to “So You Want To Buy A Bob Ross Painting”

  1. I can’t imagine owning an original painting from Bob Ross. He brought to life my imagination as a kid with paint,brush,and visionary talent. A tree here. A lake there. Maybe a waterfall? I am interested in purchasing . Any info will be greatly appreciated.

  2. If I can ever find one I will take out a hefty loan for it. That is a priceless piece of history for me and would be worth every penny. Value goes up with time so is it really a waste of money? No.

    1. We would strongly advise against buying a Bob Ross painting as an investment.
      Nearly 100% of the worth of a Bob Ross painting depends on two things:
      1. his popularity
      2. the rarity of the paintings
      So what happens if someone in Alaska finds a vault in his basement that contains 5000 Bob Ross paintings? Or some Weinstein-like news surface? Your investment is gone.

      If you’d like to own a painting because you like Bob Ross that is another thing. But we’d still think it wouldn’t be a good idea taking a loan for it.

      1. By that logic you should never invest in any artist though I do agree with the quantity issue he did duplicate his paintings three times for the show and his how to books. I wouldn’t worry about the Weinstein scenario too much because by most accounts that hackfraud Picasso was a class A abusive sociopath towards women and his garbage painting still sell for millions.

      2. You’ll never here Weinstein-like news surface. He was everything he portrayed on TV in real life. He was that person.

    1. Very interested, would love this for my mother. please email me blackoakbakery (at) gmail (dot) com

    2. Is it still available?

      How much are you selling?

      Where’s the location?

      Thank you very much!

  3. We own several of Bob’s paintings and his gold pans because my dad was his boss in Alaska. They are very sentimental to our family and we won’t sell them because he was one of my dad’s best friends. I’m sure many people who lived in Alaska and bought his art there feel the same way. Once they pass away, the families will start selling them.

  4. I have an original Bob Ross signed framed oil of an Alaskan Mountain and lake scene I would like to sell .. My mother was a good friend of his.. They fished together in Alaska

    1. Very interested Bob Ross fan here!!! Please email me at tim (dot) horgan9 (at) gmail (dot) com

    2. Very interested in your bob Ross paintings. You can email me at bayoustudio (@) gmail (dot) com

  5. Hello! I’m also interested in any Bob Ross paintings that might be available for purchase. Have been a huge fan for years.

    Please feel free to email me- chedellskollar3 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Thank you!

  6. Charbaby,

    Whom ever you decide to sell Bob’s painting to, please consider allowing those of us who are from the land he loved to retain his gifts to the world. Bob did such an excellent job of conveying the magic, peace and joy of the Alaskan interior to the world, and he holds a special place in our hearts. Those of us from the Kenai Peninsula, the Matanuska Valley, and all the villages along the Parks highway consider his works a part of our heritage. If it is not too late, please consider allowing me to try and obtain matching funds to whatever buyer you’re considering. Mr Ross’ work reminds us of our love for our native lands. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

  7. I am interested in purchasing a Bob Ross original for my daughter’s high school graduation. It blows me away that an 18 year old girl is interested in his show, “The Joy of Painting”, quotes him often and has a Bob Ross original at the top of her wishlist. Then again, I see how calming his show is to her and that makes his paintings an invaluable representation of tranquility in this fast-paced, high-tech, busy world!

    Thank you for contacting me-
    Brooke (at) campgladiator (dot) com

  8. Will pay top dollar for any bob ross original painting forecastedinvestments (at) gmail dot com

  9. I have a 1982 original Ross from the World’s fair in Knoxville. He painted 2 at the exhibit. It is 36× 24. Much larger than what he painted on the show. It is my prize possession but if price was right i might sell. d.muiznie (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Bob Ross saved me many a time asb soldier with PTSD knowing thus former D.I. could be a calming force helped me know that it can and will get better bob is more than a great artist. He knew to silence the screams you just need a whisper and a happy little tree… Thank you, Bob,

    Ssgt Martin, B

  11. I have a large format Ross original (about 4×7 feet). I was one of Bob’s “drinking buddies” prior to his passing. The last project he started working on was making a large painting on stage in Branson at Hank Snow’s venue. I built a power easel that would let him paint a tree by holding his brush still while he stepped on a foot pedal. At this point in my life I’m ready to part with this huge pix as it is too big for my house. He only completed 12 of these big pix and mine is the only one not in the hands of family or company. Any interest out there?

  12. I too am interested in purchasing and paying a premium for an Orgibal Bob Ross Painting; as it will be a gift. I would greatly appreciate a Seller or two emailing me:
    Thanks in advance! Any thoughts? J

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