Friday, 19 October, 2018


Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Kristine Garrett | 05 October, 2018, 23:44

The man named David, who didn't want his last name used says the rock has been used as a doorstop in a barn for decades.

He contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorite, but a particularly large one at that.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.

And geologist Mona Sirbescu said she "could tell right away that this was something special".

Sirbescu sent a small sample to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC for further analysis where it was estimated the meteorite could be worth around $100,000.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, obtained the meteorite when he bought his farm in Edmore, Michigan, about 30 miles (48km) southwest of Mount Pleasant.

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

He was content to use it for propping the barn door open the last 30 years, until MI residents began selling much smaller meteorite bits that were sprinkled across the state when a meteor blazed through the sky in January, he told the university.

And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

The rock, which at the time was used to prop open doors, was taken by the farm's new owner when he eventually sold the property, and only just got around to seeing if it was actually a true meteorite.

Researchers discovered the meteorite has rare metals.

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

"It is heavy it is made of iron and nickel, it is 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel", says Sirbescu. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

She said she felt excited to play a role in identifying the meteorite. A museum in ME is also interested.

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.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university.

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