Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery


"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu said Wednesday in a statement.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said.

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

The rock was reportedly found in the 1930s on a MI farm, where it was put to use as a doorstop.

Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite. They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

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

For additional verification, a piece of the rock was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which backed up the finding.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

When the original farmer and his father went out to examine the damages the next morning, they discovered a crater, and in it, the meteorite. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

"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. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years. A mineral museum in ME is also looking into it.

The meteorite's owner said he will donate 10 per cent of the sale amount to the university. Let's get a buyer.

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