Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

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Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

A friend referred him to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member at Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering.

"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, noting that it's the sixth-largest meteorite found in MI.

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

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

Mazurek said the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property".

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.

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While a space rock's size and what elements it's made from determine its value, all meteorites are worth something, and there's a large market for collectors. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

"When I showed her, she grabbed the bag, said it was heavy and took it out and said, 'It's a meteorite, '" Mazurek said.

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

It's the doorstop that's been used to prop open a MI man's barn door for the last 30 years.

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

The largest meteorite found on Earth was the Hoba in Namibia, weighing 66 tons.

The meteorite's owner said he will donate 10 per cent of the sale amount to the university.

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