Man discovers rock used as doorstop is meteorite worth $100K

Man discovers rock used as doorstop is meteorite worth $100K

Man discovers rock used as doorstop is meteorite worth $100K

The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.

In this September 14, 2018 photo provided by Central Michigan University, a 22-plus pound meteorite that was being used as a doorstop on a farm in Edmore, Mich., is shown.

Dr Sirbescu sent a sample of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, which confirmed her findings.

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Mazurek asked what the rock was, and the farmer offered a surprising answer: it was a meteorite. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was. "I could tell right away that this was something special". He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu added, noting that the meteorite is composed of of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell.

The new owner lived on the farm a few years, and when he moved, he took the mystery rock with him.

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Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years. 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.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the specimen.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university.

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