Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

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"I asked (the previous owner) what it was and he said, 'A meteorite.' I'm going, 'Get out of here, ' so he told me the story how it came down in the early '30s".

"I said, 'Wait a minute". The farmer then told him that he and his father saw it fall at night during the 1930s, adding that since the meteorite was part of the property, the man could have it.

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

Central Michigan University CMU geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu holds the 22.5 pound meteorite used as a doorstop for decades.

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But that all transformed when she was asked to evaluate a peculiarly shaped sizable rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be identified, had had in his monomania for the last 30 years.

The rock landed on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its proprietor, who procured it in 1988 when he purchased a farm in Edmore, roughly 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said.

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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.

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

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

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 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.

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The meteorite's owner said he will donate 10 per cent of the sale amount to the university.

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