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Charlie Trotter outside is now closed restaurant. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Charlie Trotter outside is now closed restaurant. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Everything in Charlie Trotter’s restaurant went on the auction block on Wednesday.

WBBM’s Steve Miller paid a visit–as the bidders were arriving and greeting Chef Trotter.

“How you doing? Good to see you there,” said Trotter, greeting a woman at the door.

“How are you, Charlie? Nice to see you,” she says.

“I’m going to catch up with you in just a minute here,” he says.

Trotter says he’s not sad about seeing everything for sale.

“No, every day above ground is a great day,” he said.

He is asked if the day is bittersweet.

“Not in the least,” Trotter replies. “I took everything that I cherished and wanted, going back three and four months, and it’s in my home.”

There is nothing, he says, up for auction that is hard to part with.

“No. Everything that has a worth for me, emotionally or sentimentally or otherwise, is not here,” he said.

“We have some great stuff here. But I have what I need.

“I mean, you can’t do the same thing forever. You can’t hang on to everything forever.

“Plus, my wife has accused me of being a hoarder. And I’m like, ‘I’m no hoarder.’ “

Potential bidders inspect items up for auction at Charlie Trotter's old restaurant. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Potential bidders inspect items up for auction at Charlie Trotter’s old restaurant. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)