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

Olive Hawkins
October 5, 2018

A MI man recently learned the rock he's been using as a doorstop for decades is actually a meteorite worth $100,000.

Neither man figured the meteorite was worth much money, so it sat there, sometimes holding a door open once in a while.

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.

A Grand Rapids, Mich., man discovered that a 22-pound rock he has been using as a doorstop for 30 years is worth more than $100,000.

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it.

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? He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm. They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

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He was content to use it for propping the barn door open the last 30 years, until MI residents began selling much smaller meteorite bits that were sprinkled across the state when a meteor blazed through the sky in January, he told the university. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said.

The Smithsonian Institution is considering purchasing the meteorite, Central Michigan University said.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. There is a possibility that the analysis could reveal rare elements that could increase its value. A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock.

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

And she has given that same experience to students this fall, as they have been able to touch a real-life example of what typically are just photographs in their textbooks.

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