Robert: Doorstop turns out to be worth over $100 000

A doorstop that a man in Michigan had been using since the 80’s has turned out to be a meteorite worth over $100 000.

The “prefers to remain nameless” man says when he bought his house, the previous owners showed him a rock and claimed it fell on the property during a meteor shower in the 1930’s. The buyer figured the meteorite wasn’t worth much but thought it was still a cool item, so it ended up being a doorstop. His attitude changed changed when he heard of people selling pieces of meteorites for large amounts. The man then took his rock to the geology department at Central Michigan University.

“I could tell right away that this was something special,” says faculty member Mona Sirbescu, noting that it’s the sixth-largest meteorite found in Michigan. “It’s the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically.”

So far, the Smithsonian Museum and at least one other collector have expressed interests in purchasing the doorstop. Small pieces may also be cut off of it and studied.

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