Steve Jobs yacht impounded

Steve Jobs yacht seized over unpaid Philippe Starck design bill

News: a yacht built for Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam following a dispute over an unpaid bill to French designer Philippe Starck. Update 27/12/12: the boat is now free to sail again following a temporary agreement between Starck and Jobs' heirs.

A lawyer for Starck's company, Ubik, said the designer was still owed €3m for his work on the vessel, which was completed after Jobs' death last year.

Jobs and Starck had reportedly agreed on a payment of €9m for the design work – or 6% of the estimated €150m building costs. However, Jobs' estate say the designer should receive 6% of the actual total cost, which came in at €105m.

The yacht will remain in the Port of Amsterdam until Jobs' estate hands over the money, the lawyer told Reuters.

Earlier this year we reported on the unveiling of the 80-metre-long yacht, named Venus, which was built over six years at the Koninklijke De Vries shipyards in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. See all our stories about Steve Jobs and all our stories about Apple.

We've previously reported on boats designed by Zaha HadidThomas HeatherwickMarc Newson and Studio Job – see all our stories about boats.

This year we've featured Starck's stacking chair for Emeco made of discarded material and his design for an aerosol spray that lets users enjoy alcohol without the hangover.