Steve Jobs super-yacht impounded over unpaid bill

Jobs, who died last year, had commissioned French designer Philippe Starck to work on the vessel.

AMSTERDAM — A super-yacht built for Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute over an unpaid bill to designer Philippe Starck, a lawyer said on Friday.

Jobs, who died last year, never got to use the yacht, named Venus, but had commissioned the French designer to work on the vessel, which cost more than $132 million to build.

A lawyer representing Starck's company, Ubik, told Reuters his client had received about $8 million of a $12 million commission for his work on the minimalist vessel and was 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's port pending payment by Jobs' estate.

"The project has been going since 2007 and there had been a lot of detailed talk between Jobs and Starck," said Roelant Klaassen, a lawyer representing Ubik.

"These guys trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract," he said.

The lawyer representing Jobs' estate could not immediately be reached for comment.

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