All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.
University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu first identified the piece as more than just a rock.
"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu expressed.
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For additional verification, a piece of the rock was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which backed up the finding.
After this the farmer took the stone to the University of MI, research staff after the study stated that the boulder is composed of Nickel and iron, and its estimated cost almost $ 100,000.
The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. He contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorite, but a particularly large one at that.
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He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s. "I'm done using it for a doorstop", he said, "let's get a buyer". A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.
The Smithsonian museum has valued the meteorite, which they named the Edford, at $100,000.
He also told the station that he plans to donate 10 percent of the sale price to Central Michigan University.
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