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Steve Job's yacht seized in Amsterdam in Philippe Starck bill row

Friday 21 December 2012

The Venus at its launch at the end of October

Lawyers for designer Philippe Starck have sequestered the super yacht built for Apple founder Steve Jobs while it lay in Amsterdam port, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Friday.

Baliffs boarded the brand new yacht Venus last Wednesday with an Amsterdam court order and it is now literally chained to the dock, the FD said. Port service companies have been instructed not to help it to leave.

The dispute centres on a €3m unpaid bill from Starck, known for his minimalist interiors, who worked with Jobs on designing the yacht for years. His fee had been established at 6% of the cost price, Rotterdam lawyer Roeland Klaassen told the paper.


The yacht was originally costed at €150m, which would have entitled Starck to €9m. But Job’s heirs say the actual cost was €105m, entitling the French designer to no more than €6m. Bills for the remaining €3m have been left unpaid.

The 80-metre aluminium hulled yacht was built by Dutch shipyards De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent and was launched in Aalsmeer two months ago.

Jobs died of cancer in October last year.

The FD asks whether the sequestration will last long. Jobs and Starck became very friendly during the building process and there is no formal contract. The paper says an out-of-court settlement is the likely outcome.

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (7)

Not the most attractive yacht I've seen; seems he should have gotten something more sleeker for his 150m.

By Quince | December 21, 2012 5:19 PM

Absoluto disgusting given the circumstances, hope the Jobs family sues PS to the ground

By marco | December 21, 2012 5:50 PM

I wonder if the saying, all publicity is good publicity holds up in this situation.

By Jay | December 21, 2012 8:19 PM

Mr. Jobs believed in reincarnation. My partner, a women hit a spider with her shoe, I told her she may have killed Mr. Jobs.

By Terence Hale | December 22, 2012 5:32 AM

At $131 million, the cabin house of this maximalist exercise in vulgarity should be aft because it's going in the wrong direction. Think of the Dutch doughnuts and African coffee this exercise in classist sexism would have bought the poor! And oughtn't the V in the name have been a P?

By Richard Dey | December 23, 2012 8:24 AM

Mr. Stardk believes he is owed money for his services. His only recourse on such an unpaid claim is to tie up the physical object of the unpaid-for work. The legal system of Netherlands will work it our fairly.

By JonSEAZ | December 24, 2012 1:34 AM

Summers coming. Hey, it's summer in the southern hemisphere. It is almost a strait voyage to Brazil!

Amazing a super yacht coming 1/3 under cost! Unheard of unless it was mark it up mark it down. Did the designer have some thing to do with that?

By anonymous | December 24, 2012 2:16 AM

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