In this undated photo provided by Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, “The Scream" by Edvard Munch is shown. The 1895 pastel on board, arguably one of the art world's most recognizable images, sold Wednesday, May 2, for a record $119,922,500 by Sotheby’s in New York City. Sotheby’s Auction House/AP
This file photo provided by Christie's shows "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," by Pablo Picasso. The 1932 painting, which sold in May 2010 for $106,482,500, is on the list of eight works that have sold for $80 million or more at auction. Christie's/AP/File
A Sotheby's photo shows the three panels of Francis Bacon's "Triptych, 1976." The painting sold in May 2008 for $86,281,000. Sotheby's/AP/File
Christie's photo shows “Le bassin aux nymphéas,” by Claude Monet. The 1919 painting sold in June 2008 for $80,379,591. Christie's/AP/File
This photo by Sotheby's shows "Dora Maar au Chat," by Pablo Picasso. The 1941 painting sold in May 2006 for $95,216,000. Sotheby's/AP/File
"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II," by Gustav Klimt. The 1912 painting sold at Christie's in November, 2006, for $87,936,000. Christie's/AP/File
“Garçon à la Pipe,” by Pablo Picasso is shown in a Sotheby's photo. The 1905 painting sold in May, 2004, for $104,168,000. Sotheby's/AP/File
U.S. director Martin Scorsese (r.), his wife Barbara De Fina (l.) and Sophie Renoir, grand daughter of the late French director Jean Renoir, stand in front of one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir paintings "Bal du Moulin de la Galette" in Paris, September 26, 2005. A smaller version of the painting by Renoir sold at Sotheby's for $78 million in 1990. Reuters/File
A late 19th century oil on canvas painting by artist Paul Cezanne, titled 'The Card Players,' is seen during a press preview for Cezanne's Card Players exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in February of 2011. One of the paintings from this series was sold to a private collector in Qatar for a reported $250 million, the most expensive painting in the world. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters/File
The Google homepage honors public television legend Bob Ross, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.
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October 29, 2012
The Google homepage today depicts a big-haired painter with a squirrel on his shoulder, a brush in his hand, and a look of bemused happiness on his face. The painter, of course, is Bob Ross, the resolutely earnest public television personality, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday today. From 1983 until 1994 – a total of 403 episodes in all – Ross hosted "The Joy of Painting," an unabashedly low-budget how-to guide.