Meteorite Used As Doorstop For 30 Years Recently Valued At $100K

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

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

After this the farmer took the stone to the University of MI, research staff after the study stated that the boulder is composed of Nickel and iron, and its estimated cost almost $ 100,000.

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.

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.

But that all transformed when she was asked to evaluate a peculiarly shaped sizable rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be identified, had had in his monomania for the last 30 years.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

The new owner came into possession of the meteorite after the farm was sold in 1988.

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

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

"I'm done using it as a doorstop", Mazurek told the station.

"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 Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university. Let's get a buyer.

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