Man uses meteorite as doorstop, finds out it's worth $100G

Pablo Tucker
October 5, 2018

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop.

Oh, and it's also a meteorite that he says hurtled to the Earth in the 1930s, according to a news release from Central Michigan University.

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

So in February, he took the meteorite to Central Michigan University to have a scientist look at it.

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

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

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

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000.

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

Researchers discovered the meteorite has rare metals.

This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

A U.S. professor has established a rock used as a doorstop is actually a meteorite worth thousands of dollars.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite. If it can not purchase it, the slice will stay in the collection. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite".

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. He is considered the guru of iron meteorites, Sirbescu said, and is doing a neutron activation analysis to determine its chemical composition. A museum in ME is also interested. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find.

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

The owner promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to CMU.

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