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Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

"I could tell right away that this was something special", said Sibescu.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said. The former owner told him it was a meteorite that landed on the property in the 1930s.

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 renowned science centre is now interested in buying the rock, Central Michigan University said. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

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". She sent two small slices to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to validate her findings.

He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988.




The farmer told him it was a meteorite, that it was part of the property and he could have it. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

There was a big crater and David says the men dug a hole until they found the meteorite which was still warm.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display. "Let's get a buyer!"