Indonesia: Josua Hutagalung, 33, became a millionaire overnight after he sold a meteorite that crashed through his roof. He is a coffin maker from Sumatra and was working outside his home in August when a 2.1 kg meteor, a space rock, crashed through the roof of the veranda outside his living room.
He recently sold the meteorite for over 1 million pounds – or roughly ₹ 9.8 crore.
“The sound was so loud that parts of the house were shaking too. And after I searched, I saw that the tin roof of the house had broken,” he told news outlet Kompas at the time. “When I lifted it, the stone was still warm.”
After recovering from the noise, the 33-year-old found the piece of space debris by digging into the soil in his garden.
He shared photos of the meteorite on Facebook, many interested buyers soon started contacting him.
The meteorite is carbonaceous chondrite – an extremely rare variety estimated to be 4.5 billion years old. It is reportedly worth around 645 pounds (approximately ₹ 63,000) per gram.
Mr Hutagalung told The Sun he sold the rock to US meteorite expert Jared Collins – who then sold the item to a US collector, who is currently storing it in liquid nitrogen at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.
Mr Hutagalung said he now has enough money to retire. He also plans to build a church in his community.