Holiday Love: Steve Jobs Yacht Venus Free To Sail

By Surojit Chatterjee email: | Dec 26, 2012 12:31 PM EST

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World famous designer Philippe Starck has shown some holiday love to the estate and family of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, by setting the super-luxury yacht free.

The $130 million super yacht, Venus, was impounded by Dutch authorities after Starck complained of unpaid bills. The designer said he was owed €9 million for the project but was paid only €6 million. However, there is no detailed contract was drawn to support his claim.

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"These guys (Jobs and Starck) trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract," Starck's lawyer Roelant Klaassen told Reuters.

Apparently Starck was owed a percentage (6 percent) of the total cost of making the yacht. While Starck claims it cost €150 million to build the yacht, Jobs' family believes the actual cost came to around €105 million.

The latest news, however, is that the Venus is free to sail. A Le Monde report quoted Gérard Moussault, the Dutch lawyer of Job's family, as saying that the "Venus is not under arrest."

Moussault said the two parties have agreed on a solution and "a guarantee has been deposite in a bank account."

"The (impounded) boat can leave," the lawyer said.

The yacht is a wonder in the sense the 230 feet vessel bears all the hallmarks of the minimalist approach Jobs was known for - the yacht boasted of a sleek all-white interior with teak decks, ceiling-to-floor glass, and was controlled by seven 27-inch iMacs on board. Jobs and Starck had worked on the yacht's design during the final days of Jobs' life and finds mention in

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