Man who sold space rock ‘felt cheated’


A COFFIN MAKER in North Sumatra who sold a meteorite that smashed through his roof for 200 million rupiah (RM57,960) found out later that he could have received 100 times the sum as the space rock is actually worth around US$1.85mil (RM7.57mil).

Joshua Hutagalung said he felt “cheated” after selling the rock to United States meteorite expert Jared Collins for a much cheaper price than its true value, refuting reports from foreign media that had painted him as a sudden multimillionaire after making the sale.

“I have spent all the 200 million rupiah on helping my family and orphans, and building a church, ” the 34-year-old said.

On Aug 1, the space rock suddenly smashed through the roof of Joshua’s house at Setahi Nauli village in Central Tapanuli regency.

Joshua immediately shared his discovery on Facebook and his post soon went viral. Two weeks later, Collins visited Joshua and bought the meteorite.

Joshua was surprised to know that the price of the meteorite he had discovered could sell for up to nearly 26 billion rupiah (RM7.5mil).

“If that’s true, I’ve been lied to and I’m disappointed, ” he said. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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