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 said. A slice of the meteor was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for double verification, which verified it was in fact a meteorite, accordant to a press release. When the man asked the former homeowner about the intriguing rock, the ex-owner revealed that it is a meteorite that smashed on the property back in the 30s.
The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant.
The farmer told him it was a meteorite, that it was part of the property and he could have it. He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.
David says his kids took the space rock to "show and tell" at school. The rock was reportedly found in the 1930s on a MI farm, where it was put to use as a doorstop. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.
The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.
Then, "I said, wait a minute. I wonder how much mine is worth'".
More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.
Mazurek has been retired since 2014, and he said the meteorite could turn into a cushion for his golden years.
The man also has agreed to give 10 percent of the potential sale value to CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.