And that's exactly what happened to a lucky guy in MI. It now turns out to be a meteorite worth $100,000.
Professor of Geology at the University of MI claims that for 18 years they have brought any stones, but not meteorites.
A man in MI recently learned that a large rock he'd been using as a doorstop for about thirty years is a rare meteorite with an estimated value of $100,000. It was not until recently that he chose to examine his rock. However, this time, when the man pulled the meteorite out of the bag, Sirbescu states that she knew within seconds that this was a real one. The meteorite is 85.5% iron and 11.5% nickel.
Ms Sirbescu determined the specimen to be potentially worth $ 100,000 - that's approximately Rs 74 lakhs! "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, obtained the meteorite in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan, about 30 miles [48km] southwest of Mount Pleasant.
That composition is rare, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.is reportedly considering acquiring the rock. The next morning the farmer and his father discovered the crater and dug out the meteorite, which was still quite warm. Typically, meteorites tend to look rather different from Earth rocks because they lack quartz and do not typically contain holes or vesticles. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was. UPI reports that the previous owner of the property told him that the meteorite had arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.
Now, the space rock has been named Edmore meteorite and is waiting for a new and permanent home.
As for the future of the find, Sirbescu said meteorites are often sold to collectors or museums. Now the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of minerals in ME are considering the purchase of Edmore. If the sale, indeed, goes through the owner has agreed to donate 10% of its price to the CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.