Gary H. Piatek is the assistant director of communications for Central Michigan University focusing on Health professions, STEM, science and engineering, medicine, neuroscience and libraries.
He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s.
A rock that was used as a doorstop for decades at a MI farm has been identified as a meteorite valued at about $100,000. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.
According to Central Michigan University, the 22-pound meteorite rock was brought in to be examined by an unnamed man who said he had been using it as a doorstop for several decades.
A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000.
"I could tell right away that this was something special", Mona Sirbescu, a geologist at Central Michigan University said. The man asked about the large, odd-looking rock that was holding the door open. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm. He added the man buying the property could have it.
Then, in January, when a meteor struck southeast Michigan, Mazurek got curious after seeing reports of meteorite pieces being worth thousands of dollars. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.
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The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.
Regardless of how much that is, Sirbescu feels that she, CMU and her students already have benefited.
It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.
Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.
A mineral museum in ME also was considering buying it, and the owner herself - a collector - said she might purchase it.
The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university.