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.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson called him a "great friend" and said "no other expert... could rival his great human touch".
A former television colleague of Mr Barby, he added: "He built up the great passion the public had for these antiques programmes.
"More importantly he was a man of the people.
"Anybody could speak to him and he had time for so many members of the public to share their stories, memories, nostalgia and passion for old things."