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"Teleportation killed the *Mona Lisa*.

More specifically, a solar storm during the teleportation of da Vinci's masterpiece was to blame. It happened on April 15, 2109. The painting was being teleported from Rome to New York City for an art exhibition when a huge flare erupted from the Sun, sending something called a coronal mass injection on a collision course for Earth....That solar storm hit Earth with such force, it ionized the sky, creating a vast cloud of hyperactive electrons that bounced around the atmosphere above Italy. Anything electronic in Rome got fried. That included thousands of implants, automobiles, drones, city buses, and those cute little Italian scooters zipping through the city. One hundred and thirty-five people died. Hundreds more were injured in collisions and fender benders. But the greatest loss, as perceived by the worldwide community, was the disappearance of a six-hundred-year-old portrait of a woman with a mysterious smile"

The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein (copyright 2017; quote is from page 3 of the Inkshares, Inc., trade paperback edition, 2017).