What happened to David Barby? Antique dealer loved by Flog It viewers

Antique dealer David Barby has been on Flog It viewers’ minds recently – some fans are wondering what happened to him.

David, who became interested in antiques aged 12, became a well-known antiques expert on Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip.

The current series being aired on Antiques Road Trip has brought memories of David Barby back, and got fans wondering where he is.

So what happened to David? Let’s look back at the expert’s life…

David Barby. Bargain Hunt Tribute Programme. Picture: BBC

What happened to David Barby?

  • David died in hospital in July 2012 after a short illness

The expert, who is considered one of daytime TV’s best-loved antiques experts, died at a Coventry hospital with his family at his bedside.

He lived to the age of 69, with reports stating he died of a brain haemorrhage. David died on 25 July 2012.

 

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David Barby: Career

David, from Rugby, Warwickshire, devoted his life to becoming an antiques expert, and had an interest for them from the age of 12.

He qualified as a member of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers at 21 years old after leaving school.

David opened up his own independent valuation business, David J. Barby and Associates, in the 1990s, where he still worked before he died.

He went on to have a successful career as an antiques dealer, and became known on BBC shows such as Flog It, Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt.

David was given nickname “The Master” on Antiques Road Trip!

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David Barby: Family

David was married to Janet Barby.

On the day of his funeral, Janet and their family were led by David’s nephew Dylan Hithersay and great-nephew George Barby-Moule.

They both wore red bow ties and one of David’s golden gavel pins, awarded on Bargain Hunt for his achievement of making a profit on every purchase.

Hundreds packed St Andrew’s parish church to say goodbye to David.

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