Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K

Pablo Tucker
October 6, 2018

Geology professor Mona Sirbescu of Central Michigan University first identified the 22.5-pound chunk of iron as more than just a doorstop when the owner asked her to look at it earlier this year.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically 'no, '" she said.

The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm.

A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

What makes the meteorite found in MI unique is that it is 88% iron and 12% nickel.


Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

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", she said.

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.

The unnamed man is reportedly actively looking to sell the meteorite, but has not yet found a buyer. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. The farmer and his father recovered it in the morning, digging it free - it was reportedly still warm to the touch when retrieved.


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

Meteorites are broken-off pieces of asteroids that come from outer space and enter the earth's atmosphere.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home.

"The story goes that it was collected immediately after they witnessed the big boom and the actual meteorite was dug out from a crater", Sirbescu said, but added that the tale has been passed down without eyewitness confirmations.


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