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Jakarta Post

N. Sumatra man 'disappointed' after selling million-dollar space rock for Rp 200m

  • Apriadi Gunawan


Medan   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:01 pm
20201119_Joshua shows the meteorite that smashed through his roof on Aug. 1, 2020. (handout/epost-robot)

A 34-year-old man in North Sumatra who sold a meteorite that smashed through his roof for Rp 200 million (US$14,000) found out later that he could have received 100 times the sum as the space rock is actually worth around $1.85 million. 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 Rp 200 million I got from selling the meteorite to Collins on helping my family and orphans, building a church and repairing my parents’ graves,” the coffin maker told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. On Aug. 1, Joshua was working on a coffin when the space rock suddenly smashed through the roof of his living room in his house at Setah...