MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

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 had the meteorite with him since 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore.

To be sure about what did she find there, Mona Sirbescu sent the space rock to the Smithsonian Institution for a second opinion.

"I was exhilarated", said Sirbescu. Though, this is not just any ordinary space rock. 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".

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu added, noting that the meteorite is composed of of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

A United States farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s. The farmer and his father recovered it in the morning, digging it free - it was reportedly still warm to the touch when retrieved.

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A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000.

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

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

But tests are underway at UCLA to see if it contains rare elements that would bump up the value.

"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 Smithsonian Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display. He has agreed to donate 10 percent of the meteorite's sale price to Central Michigan University to go toward the studies of earth and atmospheric sciences, when and if it sells.

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