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Steve Jobs' high-tech yacht marooned over disputed bill

In this Tuesday Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a yacht is docked at the wharf of ship building company Royal De Vries in Aalsmeer, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. The sleek, white superyacht Apple founder Steve Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands just yet due to a payment dispute.

Peter Dejong/AP

The Venus, the high-tech yacht built for the late Steve Jobs, is being held in the Port of Amsterdam under a court order, over a billing dispute with its designer Philippe Starck.

The 78-metre aluminium yacht, built by Dutch luxury shipyard Feadship to a design by Mr. Starck and the Dutch naval architects De Voogt, was launched in October, a year after the Apple co-founder's death.

But the Court of Amsterdam allowed Mr. Starck to put a lien on the yacht over his claim that Mr. Jobs' estate owes him €3-million ($3.9-million U.S.).

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The Dutch Financieele Dagblad newspaper reported a bailiff had entered the yacht Wednesday and delivered an order barring it from leaving the harbour.

Mr. Starck reportedly claims he is owed 6 per cent of the yacht's total cost, which he put at €150-million. Mr Jobs' heirs say the yacht cost only €105-million.

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