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Jobs’s superyacht impounded

The Hague, Dec. 21 (AFP): Steve Jobs’s Dutch-built superyacht has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute between the late Apple founder’s estate and designer Philippe Starck over an unpaid bill, a Starck lawyer said today.

“The yacht has been impounded,” Rotterdam-based lawyer Roelant Klaassen, who represents French designer Starck’s Ubik company, told AFP. “There is some unfinished business, namely two invoices which were issued by Ubik last summer after Mr Jobs died,” he said.

Amsterdam court bailiffs seized the 70-metre-long yacht following a request from Starck’s lawyer.

The Venus reportedly cost over 100 million euros to build and was only unveiled in October, just over a year after Jobs died. Jobs’s estate says Starck should be paid a percentage of the overall cost of the project, which took over five years to complete.

Starck says he should be paid a fixed nine million euros for his contribution, Klaassen said. The estate is offering six million euros.

Klaassen said he was in contact with a Dutch lawyer representing the Jobs estate, Gerard Moussault. “Hopefully we will come to an interim agreement,” Klaassen said. Moussault declined to comment on the matter when contacted by AFP.

 
 
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