Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

This isn't just any space rock, though.

The owner thought little of it and kept it as a door stop, until recently when he made a decision to find out how much his odd rock was worth.

Inspired by news stories of recovering valuable meteorites, he took the rock to Central Michigan University (CMU) for analysis.

A man in MI discovered that the big hunk of malformed rock that was once propped open a door on a farm he bought is actually worth as much as $100,000. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

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

'I could tell right away that this was something special, ' she said.

The owner, who did not want to be identified, said he noticed the rock holding a door open at a farm he was about to buy in Edmore in 1988.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery.

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

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years.

The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in MI.

Mazurek has been retired since 2014, and he said the meteorite could turn into a cushion for his golden years. "It was brought by this gentleman and within minutes, within seconds i knew it was a real one", says Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu, CMU Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

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