The rock was a meteorite which had fallen in the 1930s. The property’s seller had watched with his father as the meteorite throttled through the sky and hit the ground one night. The actual owner contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorite, but a particularly large one at that. This is the sixth largest meteorite ever found in the state and an incredibly valuable relic of the early Solar System. A number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display.
The man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it. In a press release, the geology professor Mona Sirbescu says she’s been asked to do similar evaluations many times, and jokes that “for 18 years, the answer has been categorically ‘no’—meteor wrongs, not meteorites.” But this time it was. “It’s the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically,” she says of the iron-nickel meteorite. The object was also verified by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which is reportedly interested in buying it. If any rare elements will be found in the meteorite its value will increase.