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

David Mazurek says the rock came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore, Mich. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

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 22-pound meteorite was examined under x-ray fluorescence scanning which determined that it was composed of 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel (a metal that is relatively rare on Earth).

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said. So in February, he took the meteorite to Central Michigan University to have a scientist look at it. The former owner told him it was a meteorite that landed on the property in the 1930s.

This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County.

Now, the Smithsonian Institution is considering making an offer on the space rock. In the morning they found the crater and dug it out.

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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.

He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell.

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

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said.

This is where geologist Mona Sirbescu of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant enters the story. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

The owner promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to CMU.

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