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, no response.
We tried contacting Dr. Weatherly-White who wrote Dr. Stark’s memoir on the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) website, no response again. BUT check out the AAPS logo!
This is a huge lead in our DIY investigation. Archived meeting minutes or some internal historian might solve the mystery of our sculptures’ provenance. Hank said he’s going to “redouble” his efforts now, especially since I agreed to sell my sculpture to him. I never thought I’d part with it, but they should be together.