Warwickshire-based television antiques expert David Barby has died after a short illness. Mr Barby, 63, from Rugby, suffered a stroke last week and died in hospital in Coventry on Wednesday. He was best known for appearances on BBC shows like Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip.
Mr Barby first became interested in antiques as boy growing up in Rugby. He qualified aged 21 and began working for a local firm. After a brief stint in London, Mr Barby returned to Warwickshire in 1978 to work at a Leamington auction house where he would eventually become a partner in the business. He also founded a valuation company, David J Barby and Associates, in Rugby.
Barby appeared in the first episode of Flog It in 2002 as the auctioneer, but was soon also deployed as an expert. He later appeared in a similar role on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, where he became known by the nickname "The Master".
David John Barby FRICS 23 April 1949 – 25 July 2012