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

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

A man has discovered that a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth $100,000.

The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite.

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

He was inspired to have it checked out by the university after a rise in meteorite discoveries in MI.

Mazurek says the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore.

And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

"It is heavy it is made of iron and nickel, it is 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel", says Sirbescu. 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.

Researchers discovered the meteorite has rare metals. The man read stories of people finding and selling the meteorites and began to wonder how much the one he had at home was worth, CMU said in its press statement.

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"I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite", says David, who owns the meteorite.

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said in a statement. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite. If it doesn't buy the entire rock, the slice will stay in its collection.

A sample has been sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the earth, planetary and space sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

The Smithsonian Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display.

As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it.

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