Bob Ross’ First TV Painting Listed for $9.85 Million
The iconic painting that Bob Ross created in the first episode of his legendary show, “The Joy of Painting,” is now up for auction with a price tag of $9.85 million. Titled “A Walk in the Woods,” this 1983 masterpiece was signed by Ross on air, making it a historically significant piece of art.
Banking on ‘Bob Ross Hype’
The Modern Artifact gallery, known for its expertise in Bob Ross paintings, believes that the demand for his artwork extends beyond the traditional art market. Owner Ryan Nelson stated that the Bob Ross hype represents a rare authenticity in a market that is often controlled and manipulated.
Bob Ross’ Legacy
Bob Ross, the host of “The Joy of Painting,” captivated audiences with his optimistic outlook, signature hairstyle, and approachable painting advice. Since his show aired from 1983 to 1994, Ross has become a pop culture icon.
His legacy has been further highlighted by a Netflix documentary titled “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed,” and the portrayal of a Bob Ross-inspired character by Owen Wilson in the film “Paint.” Bob Ross costumes have also become popular choices for Halloween.
The auction of “A Walk in the Woods” offers art enthusiasts and fans of Bob Ross a unique opportunity to own a piece of his artistic journey. Whether it finds a new home in a private collection or becomes part of a public exhibit, this painting serves as a testament to the enduring impact of Bob Ross on the art world.