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Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000”

He added the man buying the property could have it.

Sirbescu says people ask her all the time if odd rocks they found are meteorites.

What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000? "I could tell right away that this was something special". This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space.

This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

An additional sample was sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will conduct a neutron activation analysis to determine the full chemical composition of the meteorite and potentially reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

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".

The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.

The man named David, who didn't want his last name used says the rock has been used as a doorstop in a barn for decades. "I'm done using it for a doorstop", he said, "let's get a buyer".

Iron meteorites typically consist of approximately 90-95 percent iron, with the remainder composed of nickel and trace amounts of heavy metals including iridium, gallium and sometimes gold.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career.

The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite for display.

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".



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