MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite

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"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor-wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a Thursday statement, according to CNN. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., corroborated Sirbescu's analysis that the 22-pound "rock" is, indeed, a meteorite, and is apparently the sixth-largest of its type to be discovered in MI.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu added, noting that the meteorite is composed of of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in MI.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was aware of the rock's provenance from the time he bought the house in Edmore in 1988.

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

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

For additional verification, a piece of the rock was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which backed up the finding. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm. Most iron meteorites are generally comprised of anywhere between 90 and 95 percent iron, with the rest made up nickel, iridium, gallium and occasionally gold.

The owner thought little of it and kept it as a door stop, until recently when he chose to find out how much his unusual rock was worth.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite.

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Thousands of meteorites hit the earth each year, but most go unnoticed because they land in the ocean, or away from cities and towns.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the unbelievable tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard.

There is a possibility that the analysis could reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

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