Freddy and Regina Homburger were married 1939 in Geneva and came to the United States in 1941. Freddy previously earned a medical degree from the University of Geneva in 1940 and passed his U.S. medical examinations to obtain a U.S. degree. After working as a Fellow at the Yale and Harvard Medical Schools, Freddy along with his wife Regina, who was also known as Gin, and an associate Dr. Peter Bernfeld, founded the independent Bio-Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts concentrating on examining and evaluating the carcinogenic effects of tobacco.
Besides his very intensive professional activities, Freddy was an accomplished watercolorist, a passionate aviator and served as Honorary Consul for Switzerland in Boston from 1966 to 1986. Gin actively supported him during his whole career.
The collection now being offered for sale began with acquisitions of works of art during Freddy and Gin's many trips abroad. The Homburgers were passionate art collectors and they were interested in many different areas of the arts. Guided by their insatiable curiosity and eclectic good taste, they assembled a collection of Impressionist and Modern Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Southeast Asian and Indian Sculpture, Antiquities, Old Master drawings and prints. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit The Portland Museum of Art in Maine.
Freddy died in September 2001 and Gin followed him in January 2002.