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.

3 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.

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