Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

The Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University say the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan.

The man then made a decision to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said, noting that it's the sixth-largest meteorite found in MI.

For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release.

'It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically, ' Dr Sirbescu said.

Mazurek said the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite".

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

The man even let his kids take the rock to school for show-and-tell throughout the years.

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

"It is heavy it is made of iron and nickel, it is 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel", says Sirbescu.

Despite the rock's out-of-this-world origin, the farmer threw it in with his property, and Mazurek kept it for more than three decades.

An additional sample was sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will conduct a neutron activation analysis to determine the full chemical composition of the meteorite and potentially reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

She said she felt excited to play a role in identifying the meteorite.

Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says.

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

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