Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Mindy Sparks
October 8, 2018

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

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.

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

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

Now, the Smithsonian Institution is considering making an offer on the space rock. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she said. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

Almost three dozen years, the space stone was in Edmore, and then to Grand rapids, where he moved the new owner.

A USA farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

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

Opportunity came knocking this year when he learned about MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

The rock has sat patiently by the unnamed man's door for three decades, taking the occasional field trip to school with his children for show and tell.

"I said, 'Wait a minute. I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release.

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

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

But he's not hoarding the payday, because 10% of the rock's value is already pledged to CMU's earth and atmospheric science students.

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

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