Man's doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite

The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite. She analyzed the meteorite and observed it was about was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

Weighing 22 pounds, it's also the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and is believed to be worth $100,000, according to CMU.

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

The farmer who sold Mazurek the land in the town of Edmore in 1988 told him Mazurek could have it - that the meteorite was part of the property, according to the release. She then sent two small slices of the rock to the Smithsonian for confirmation.

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

"It was in the barn, one of the outside sheds, just laying on a shelf", David Mazurek said. 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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The new owner lived on the farm a few years, and when he moved, he took the mystery rock with him.

The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm.

This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites. "I wonder how much mine is worth?'" according to CNN.

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector. The previous owner said that it was a meteorite that fell 50 years ago on the Earth.

The Smithsonian Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display.

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