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

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite

The man then chose to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.

The new owner came into possession of the meteorite after the farm was sold in 1988.

A MI university professor discovered that a 22.5-pound chunk of stone that's been used as a doorstop for over 30 years is actually a meteorite that could be worth $100,000.

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

After testing, she determined it was a meteorite, made of of 88.5% iron and 11.5% nickel.

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sibescu said.

Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite. In the morning they found the crater and dug it out.

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The charred hunk of space debris is the sixth largest meteorite ever found in the state, and it's estimated worth tops $100,000.

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. "I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release.

"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.

The Smithsonian considered buying the meteorite for display.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. He is considered the guru of iron meteorites, Sirbescu said, and is doing a neutron activation analysis to determine its chemical composition. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

The meteorite's owner said that regardless of the buyer, he will donate 10 percent of the sale amount to the university.

Then, "I said, wait a minute". While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

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