Doorstop turns out to be $100K meteorite, ME museum among potential buyers

The rock, which was initially used as a doorstop in the Edmore area for several decades after a farmer recovered it sometime in the 1930s, turned out to be Michigan's sixth-largest meteorite, a university spokesperson said.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no"-meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday, CNN reports".

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

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

As it turns out, this is the 6th largest meteorite ever found and identified in MI. He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. Most iron meteorites are generally comprised of anywhere between 90 and 95 percent iron, with the rest made up nickel, iridium, gallium and occasionally gold.

Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution. In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

The rock has sat patiently by the unnamed man's door for three decades, taking the occasional field trip to school with his children for show and tell.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career. As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it. More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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