Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite

Central Michigan University says Thursday that the 22.5-pound space rock was recently identified by Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu after the owner "brought it to her out of curiosity".

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Mona Sirbescu, a geologist at Central Michigan University said.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said. He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s.

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

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

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

A United States professor has established a rock used as a doorstop is actually a meteorite worth thousands of dollars. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

In fact, the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property".

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

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said.

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

There is a possibility that the analysis could reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

While Mazurek said his family doesn't "need" any more money, "it would be nice".

In January, the man made a decision to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep.

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