Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

The unidentified man told the professor the meteorite was passed on to him in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan.

The 22-pound meteorite was examined under x-ray fluorescence scanning which determined that it was composed of 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel (a metal that is relatively rare on Earth). He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., corroborated Sirbescu's analysis that the 22-pound "rock" is, indeed, a meteorite, and is apparently the sixth-largest of its type to be discovered in MI.

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

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000.

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s.

Mazurek says that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university.

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While a space rock's size and what elements it's made from determine its value, all meteorites are worth something, and there's a large market for collectors.

The Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University say the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan. "I'm done using it for a doorstop", he said, "let's get a buyer".

The Smithsonian museum has valued the meteorite, which they named the Edford, at $100,000.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career.

A mineral museum in ME also was considering buying it, and the owner herself - a collector - said she might purchase it.

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

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery. If a sale goes through, the man has agreed to give 10% of the sale value to the university for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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