Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

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The renowned science centre is now interested in buying the rock, Central Michigan University said.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career.

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

Mazurek became the rock's owner in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan.

For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release.

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", said Sibescu. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property". In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite.

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

The man, who lived on the farm for a few years, moved, and took the meteorite with him.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years.

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

"When I showed her, she grabbed the bag, said it was heavy and took it out and said, 'It's a meteorite, '" Mazurek said.

While a space rock's size and what elements it's made from determine its value, all meteorites are worth something, and there's a large market for collectors.

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.

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