Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Jan Cross
October 6, 2018

The rock, which was initially used as a doorstop in the Edmore area for several decades after a farmer recovered it sometime in the 1930s, turned out to be Michigan's sixth-largest meteorite, a university spokesperson said.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said.

"I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite", says David, who owns the meteorite. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

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

Central Michigan University is now holding the meteorite.

A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who told the university he wanted to remain anonymous, brought the rock to Sirbescu for examination earlier this year.

A United States farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s.

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When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the mystery rock, which he has kept as a doorstop and a show-and-tell item for his kids in school.

What makes the meteorite found in MI unique is that it is 88% iron and 12% nickel. The space rock continued to perform that job for decades, only recently being identified as something very unique and valuable.

So they dug up the meteorite.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said.

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

Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university. More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

A friend directed him to the CMU geology department, and Sirbescu confirmed the find by looking at it under an X-ray fluorescence instrument.

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