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Shia LaBeouf's Skywriting Apology Cost $25,000

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Actor Shia LaBeouf arrives at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shia LaBeouf's not pinching pennies now that he's retired -- TMZ has learned, his latest skywriting stunt (commissioning a fleet of planes to write "STOP CREATING" in giant letters above L.A.) cost him 25,000 smackaroos.

A rep for the skywriting company Skytypers tells us, they were contacted by Shia's people Friday morning ... shortly after Shia publicly announced his retirement from "public life" in the wake of his plagiarism scandal.

The rep says Skytypers dispatched 5 planes for the job, each flying wing-to-wing as they emitted puffs of smoke to spell out "STOP CREATING" above Angel City.

Read the whole story at TMZ