David Barby

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David Barby
Born David John Barby
(1943-04-23)23 April 1943
Rugby, Warwickshire, England, UK
Died 25 July 2012(2012-07-25) (aged 69)
Coventry, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Antiques Expert
Television Personality
Years active 1990–2012
Television

David John Barby FRICS (23 April 1943 – 25 July 2012) was an English antiques expert, known for his appearances on Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and similar BBC antiques television programmes.

Career[edit]

Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, he was interested in antiques from age 12,[1] which led to his joining the profession on leaving school. He qualified aged 21 as a member of the Incorporated Society Of Valuers And Auctioneers, itself later merged into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Barby started working for a local firm in Rugby, before leaving to work in London in 1974.[1] he was head hunted by Royal Leamington Spa-based auction house Locke and England,[2] and he joined them in 1978 as a manager and valuer. He later became a partner, retiring from the business in 2002.

Barby started his own independent valuation business, Hillmorton-based David J Barby and Associates, in the 1990s,[3] where he still worked at the time of his death.

Barby was well known for the charity work that he carried out, as a fund raiser for the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital and Leamington Art Gallery. He was also president of the Friends of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.[2][4]

Television[edit]

Barby appeared in the first episode of Flog It! in 2002 as the auctioneer, but was soon also employed as an expert. He was already becoming well known in a similar role on Bargain Hunt, and later appeared on Antiques Road Trip, where he became known by the nickname "The Master".[1][3] The makers of Bargain Hunt paid tribute to Barby in the episode broadcast on 1 October 2012 with a montage of his appearances shown at the end of the programme.[citation needed] A similar montage by the Antiques Road Trip was shown on 5 October 2012.

Politics[edit]

Barby stood in the Caldecott district of Rugby in 2002 as a prospective Conservative councillor, but came fourth in a ward which elected only three councillors.

Death[edit]

Barby suffered a brain haemorrhage at his Rugby home on 12 July 2012, dying two weeks later on 25 July 2012 in a hospital in Coventry, aged 69.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Television antiques expert David Barby dies, aged 69". BBC News. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Death of ‘priceless’ Warwickshire auctioneer David Barby". Leamington Courier. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Dan Santy (27 July 2012). "Tributes paid to TV auctioneer David Barby". Rugby Observer. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Friends of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. "About FLAG". Friends of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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