A Rock Used as a Doorstop Turned Out to Be a Meteorite Potentially Worth $100,000

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite.

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It’s every homeowner’s dream: to find out something you’ve had around the house for years is actually worth big bucks. For one man in Michigan, that ended up becoming reality for a rock he used as a doorstop.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite.

Mackenzie Brockman/Central Michigan University

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The man, who asked to remain anonymous, came across a large rock when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan. The 22-pound rock was holding open a door in a shed. The farmer, who was selling the property, told him it was a meteorite that landed on the farm in the 1930s, and let him have it as part of the property sale.

Meteorite at Central Michigan University

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Though he ended up leaving the farm, the man kept the rock for 30 years, using it as a doorstop and having his kids bring it to school for show and tell. But recently, he brought it in to Central Michigan University to see how much it was worth.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu said it was the largest of its kind she had ever examined, and this came after years of people bringing in total duds that were just rocks, not meteorites. “I could tell right away that this was something special,” she said in a news story released by the university. “It’s the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically.” It’s the sixth-largest such meteorite found in the state, ever.

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Sirbescu detected it was an iron-nickel meteorite with a possible value of $ 100,000, and verified that finding with the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is now considering buying the rock to display it—and call it the Edmore meteorite, after the location where it landed.

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