MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite

05 October, 2018, 21:41 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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The rock, which came down on farmland in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s, could be worth $100,000 (£77,000).

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years. So, he took the rock in to Central Michigan University for testing.

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

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.

Like the farmer, he just thought it was "cool to look at", and let his children take it to school for show and tell.

In January, the man made a decision to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit".


"I'm done using it as a doorstop", Mazurek told the station. He added the man buying the property could have it. "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

"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.

She said she felt excited to play a role in identifying the meteorite.

The Smithsonian also sent the sample to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the earth, planetary and space sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says.

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

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite.

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