Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Gwen Vasquez
October 5, 2018

A meteorite in MI worth $100,000 has been holding open a door at a MI farm for the past 30 years. He contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorite, but a particularly large one at that.

Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite.

Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University.

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

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

The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement.

The meteor that blazed through MI this January changed his life's trajectory as he read accounts of people finding and selling small pieces of the meteorites. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

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Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite".

There was a big crater and David says the men dug a hole until they found the meteorite which was still warm.

"I said, 'Wait a minute". A museum in ME is also interested.

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

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