Last we’d heard about Steve Jobs’ yacht Venus was when it was spotted in Netherlands being officially unveiled in the presence of Jobs’ family members. Today, Dutch media outlets report that the yacht has been impounded in Amsterdam after designer Philippe Starck obtained a court order over claims of unpaid fees from the Steve Jobs family.
The dispute stems from a disagreement between the two sides over the total cost of building the yacht, of which Starck was supposed to be paid 6 percent. Starck’s company, Ubik, says that the total costs amounts to €150m, while the Jobs family says that the cost is €105m:
A lawyer representing Starck’s company Ubik told Reuters his client had received 6 million euros out of a 9 million euro commission for his work on the minimalist vessel and was now seeking to recover the rest of what he was owed.
The yacht was impounded on Wednesday evening, the lawyer said, and will remain in Amsterdam port pending payment by lawyers representing Jobs’ estate.
Rueters’ report adds that since Jobs and Starck were on very good terms with each other, there wasn’t any formal contract between the two, and this dispute would most likely conclude in an out-of-court settlement.
Jobs had been working on the yacht, called “Venus,” with Starck since 2009, and was unable to complete the project before his death in Oct 2011.
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