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I was just reading a piece about I am Legend and noticed that one particular scene that was shot on Brooklyn Bridge cost five million dollars.

This piqued my curiosity as to what the most expensive scene ever shot was?

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It raises the question of whether it's a CG, composite or real shot... you also have to wonder about actor's salaries in here! – Liath Jul 11 '13 at 10:33
Why the down vote? I think its a valid question. – Travis Jul 11 '13 at 12:42
@Travis i am not the down-voter or close-voter but answering this will be vary tough and many things are here contribute as a problem, as mentioned by Liath. So that may be the case of down/close-vote – Ankit Sharma Jul 11 '13 at 15:35
I'm not a fan of this question, because over time the answer to this is going to change with inflation and price hikes and bigger movies. – DForck42 Jul 11 '13 at 16:18
You asked for a scene, but you can start here with movies – DustinDavis Jul 11 '13 at 16:44
up vote 12 down vote accepted

According to this book, Cleopatra's entry into Rome from the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor film is the most expensive scene in motion picture history (that must be assuming that you adjust for inflation).

The scene is on YouTube here. As well as the massive set and giant Sphinx the scene required 10,000 extras, Elizabeth Taylor's dress cost $6,500 alone.

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Even now that scene looks seriously impressive! – Liath Jul 12 '13 at 13:27
The book source is dead. – coleopterist Dec 10 '13 at 12:06
So how much did it cost? – Octopus Jan 8 at 18:48

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