Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

A rock that was used as a doorstop for decades at a MI farm has been identified as a meteorite valued at about $100,000.

A MI man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000.

Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite.

The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm.

Neither man figured the meteorite was worth much money, so it sat there, sometimes holding a door open once in a while. In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite.

David Mazurek says he took his doorstop to the university for examination after seeing reports in January of meteorite pieces selling for thousands of dollars.

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Upon receiving the meteorite, Sirbescu evaluated it and discovered it was an iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 8 to 8.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel. "I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release. The professor sent a slice of the rock to a colleague at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., who reportedly confirmed her discovery.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector. They all have agreed to name it the Edmore meteorite, she said.

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU.

Whatever amount the owner receives, he has promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to the university to be used as funding for students in earth and atmospheric sciences.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

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