FORTUNE — It was, in many ways, the perfect Apple-in-the-post-Steve-Jobs-era yarn, although in truth it had nothing to do with Apple (AAPL) and not much to do with Jobs.
On Friday, Reuters reported that the 260-foot aluminum yacht that Jobs commissioned before he died had been seized by Dutch authorities in a dispute over an unpaid bill.
The incident had page clicks written all over it, and even though it broke at the beginning of a long Christmas weekend, at least 20 news organizations — from Gizmodo to the
— climbed aboard. Wired dredged up a poignant quote from Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs“: “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,” Jobs told his biographer, “but I have to keep going on. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”
But it was, after all, only a dispute over money, and by Monday the two parties — designer Philippe Starck and the estate of Steve Jobs — had settled out of court. According to Agence France Presse, the estate made a security deposit and Starck, who had already been paid 6 million euros ($7.9 million), was guaranteed some part of the 3 million euros more ($3.9 million) he felt he was owed.
That’s a much less interesting story. As of Monday afternoon, it had generated only half-a-dozen headlines on the Techmeme news aggregator.