Bob Ross’ First Ever TV Painting ‘A Walk in the Woods’ on Sale for $9.8M

The piece was created by the artist on the first episode of "The Joy of Painting" in 1983

Bob Ross' first-ever TV painting is on sale for $9.8 million.

Ross, who died in 1995 at the age of 52, was best known for his iconic program The Joy of Painting. He created “A Walk in the Woods” in 1983 on the first episode of the first season of the show. The oil-painted canvas piece features trees and rocks by a river and, according to ABC News, was created in less than thirty minutes.

"A Walk in the Woods has been listed on the Modern Artifact website for $9.85 million by gallery owner Ryan Nelson.

<p>AP Photo/Mark Vancleave</p> "A Walk in the Woods"

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"A Walk in the Woods"

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“What this piece represents is the people’s artist,” Nelson told ABC News, “This isn’t an institution that’s telling you that Bob Ross is great."

“It’s not some high-brow gallery telling you that Bob Ross is great,” Nelson added. “This is the masses, the population in the world, that are saying that Bob Ross is great.”

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In April 2023, the movie Paint was released which is inspired by the life of Ross — who presented The Joy of Painting between 1983 and 1994. It tells the story of an artist called Carl Nargle, who has his own TV show.

Actor Owen Wilson starred as Nargle and displayed a strikingly similar appearance to Ross with a curly wig and full facial hair.

<p>Acey Harper/Getty Images</p> Bob Ross

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Bob Ross

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Opening up to ABC News about the role, Wilson said: "He certainly has a Bob Ross look [but] I'm not so great at doing imitations."

He added, "And as great as Bob Ross' voice is and his manner I couldn't quite get that so I had to do my version of what I think a public television painter who has a devoted fan base in Vermont might sound like."

Wilson also told Entertainment Weekly that he took painting classes with Bob Ross instructors and even had some help from his family to get into the role!

"My two boys [Ford, 12 and Finn, 9] joined in and we took a class," he said. "All three of us did a similar mountainscape and I think they turned out pretty good."

"I mean, they're good enough to get hung up in my house, so that's saying something!"

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