Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BBC Bargain Hunt - David Barby Biography

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If David Barby had a motto it would be "Have Gavel Will Travel"!

David has been interested in the arts, and in fine furniture, all his life. His enthusiasm and experience are well known from his many TV and radio appearances.

During the last ten years he has been involved as an expert on BBC's Bargain Hunt and valuer on programmes as diverse as "20th Century Antiques Road Show", "Antiques Road Trip" and "Flog It".

He also hosts antique and fine art themed lectures and talks throughout the country and on cruise liners around the world.

David says,
"There is nothing more enjoyable than speaking to people with a common interest, sharing anecdotes and experiences of acquiring collections or endeavouring to build up enthusiasm for the subject".

David Samuel Barby was born on the 29th May 1948 in Derbyshire. Eldest of three children he has a younger brother John and his younger sister Caroline.

David’s first interest in antiques began when he was just 12 and he has continued to be fascinated with antiquities ever since.

His qualifications were gained by examination with the Society of Landed Property Agents in 1963 and he is now a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

After operating a Fine Art Saleroom in Leamington Spa for twenty five years, he decided to specialise in valuations and created his own company with the sole purpose of providing a service relating to various aspects of chattels.

With a natural curiosity for people, their possessions and the environment, nothing gives him greater gratification than entering a client's property and commencing on a voyage of discovery.

David gains a terrific amount of pleasure when examining an object and understanding the function within an historical and social context.

With over 30 thirty years behind the rostrum as a freelance auctioneer David Barby now sells at Morphets Saleroom in Harrogate at their fortnightly and fine art sales.