Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

Ismael LynchOct 08, 2018

According to Central Michigan University, the 22-pound meteorite rock was brought in to be examined by an unnamed man who said he had been using it as a doorstop for several decades.

Upon receiving the meteorite, Sirbescu evaluated it and discovered it was an iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 8 to 8.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel. 22 pounds in weight, it's Michigan's sixth-largest recorded find - and possibly worth $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

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

This guy, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought a property in Edmore, Michigan, in 1998. She sent two small slices to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to validate her findings.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", said Sibescu.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu expressed. He added the man buying the property could have it.

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop.

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

"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. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said.

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

"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 explained.

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

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display.

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