UPDATE as of Feb. 6, 2018. Ever since Hank Smeltzer responded to my blog last November, we’ve joined forces in our efforts. (See his earlier response below.)
We identified Dr. Stark’s nephew, Kirby, who sold the statue to during an estate sale between 2008–2010. This lead to the Rago Arts Auction. We tried contacting Kirby…
For those of you interested in knowing what The Tuneful Liar is about, here’s the synopsis, The Formula. I wonder if the character Dr. Calomel of Cripple Creek Sanitarium was modeled after the real-life Dr. Kellogg of Battle Creek Sanitarium.
LONG OVERDUE UPDATE: We posted the blog on Rago Auction’s FB page on January 14, 2016. They kindly got back right away. Here’s the FB Thread.
Rago Auction: That’s a fascinating piece. I’ll forward this along to the appropriate specialist and see what they have to say. Thanks for reaching out!