Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988. A man in MI discovered that the big hunk of malformed rock that was once propped open a door on a farm he bought is actually worth as much as $100,000.

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

Iron meteorites typically consist of approximately 90-95 percent iron, with the remainder composed of nickel and trace amounts of heavy metals including iridium, gallium and sometimes gold.

A USA farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sirbescu said in the release.

According to Central Michigan University, the 22-pound meteorite rock was brought in to be examined by an unnamed man who said he had been using it as a doorstop for several decades.

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Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space. The farmer then told him that he and his father saw it fall at night during the 1930s, adding that since the meteorite was part of the property, the man could have it. He reportedly used the meteorite as a doorstop and sent it to school with his children for show and tell.

Then, in January, when a meteor struck southeast Michigan, Mazurek got curious after seeing reports of meteorite pieces being worth thousands of dollars.

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI. They all have agreed to name it the Edmore meteorite, she said. "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

Sirbescu sent a small sample to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC for further analysis where it was estimated the meteorite could be worth around $100,000.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite. A mineral museum in ME is also looking into it.

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