The yacht Apple founder Steve Jobs designed during the last days of his life is seen in a shipyard in Aalsmeer on October 30, 2012.
AMSTERDAM - A superyacht built for Apple Inc’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 after making his name and fortune at Apple, never got to use the yacht - called Venus - but had commissioned the French designer to work on the vessel, which cost more than 100 million euros to build. 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.
If you already have an account on this newspaper, you can login to the newspaper to add your comments. Choose among a variety of subscription packages and stay up to date with convenient home delivery and our on the go digital e-edition. Venus, the yacht that the late Steve Jobs commissionned before his death, is now free to sail, French newspaper Le Monde reports.
As you may remember, the high-tech ship had been impounded last week in the Netherlands over a reportedly unpaid $3.6 million bill. Originally costing more than €100 million ($132 million) to build, the vessel was completed in October, but Starck is said to have only received €6 million of a €9 million commission he considers to be owed for his work.
As Reuters previously noted, there “wasn’t a very detailed contract,” as the boat was built on mutual trust between Jobs and the designer, whose collaboration is mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple co-founder.
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MANILA, Philippines - Before his death in October 2011, Steve Jobs was at work on designing a yacht that fit the same aesthetic he’d made famous in his electronics.
While he left his work unfinished, his design was completed and given form by French designer Phillipe Stack and shipbuilders in Aalsmeer, Holland.
More notably, this lightweight, speedy ship sports a glass cabin complete with seven 27-inch iMacs responsible for ship navigation and control.
A spokeswoman for Starck confirmed that the project involves a yacht that’s being designed for Steve Jobs’ family. A new book by Tom Sachs and Van Neistat recapping their off shore power boat race in the summer of 2008, in New London, Connecticut. When the Bounty went down during Hurricane Sandy, millions watched on TV as the Coast Guard rescued 14 survivors—but couldn’t save the captain and one of his crew.
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According to lawyer Gerard Moussault, who represents Jobs’ heirs, his clients have reached a temporary agreement in their dispute with designer Philippe Starck. The amount of this payment remains unknown, though it doesn’t appear to correspond to the entire disputed bill. According to Steve Jobs’ heirs, he was only supposed to receive a 6% commission based on the construction costs. It is constructed from aluminum and a special glass designed by the chief designer of the Apple stores.

A huge question lingered in the aftermath: what was this vessel—a leaking replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty—doing in the eye of the storm? Un peu plus d'un an apres la mort du fondateur d'Apple, son super-yacht personnel, intitule ''Venus'', vient tout juste d'etre livre a sa famille. Comme dans un Apple store, les fenetres des cabines etaient larges, quasiment du sol au plafond, et la piece de vie principale etait concue pour accueillir des murs en verre de 12 metres de long et 3 metres de hauteur. Il avait debauche l'ingenieur en chef des Apple stores pour concevoir un verre special pouvant servir de structure porteuse. Je sais qu'il est possible que je meure et que laisse Laurene avec un bateau a demi-inacheve'', disait-il.
Autrement, ce serait admettre que je vais mourir.''Des faux airs d'Apple storeConstitue en grande partie d'aluminium et de verre de plain pied, Venus est dans la lignee des produits de la firme a la pomme. Design epure, bois blond, quelques touches d'aluminium, de larges baies vitrees et dans la cabine de pilotage, des commandes controlees par sept iMac 27 pouces de la derniere generation.
Le tout, dessine par le designer francais Philippe Starck, comme ce dernier l'avait annonce au mois d'avril, avec qui Steve Jobs a collabore pendant pres de sept annees pour mettre au point les plans de ses appartements flottants. L'embarcation de plus de 70 metres de long est egalement dotee d'une large terrasse et d'un jacuzzi integre.

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