That's what I got quoted when I panicked and called a Toyota dealer.
I dropped my speedo needle into my steering column and it was resting under the ignition switch. I could find it with a pencil shoved under the steering wheel adjustment hammer under the column...racked up my knuckles reachin in through the top. After an hour of bustin my hand, I called the dealer and he said $500 for a new gauge cluster. That's when I realized take the plastics off the steering column.
Point being, yeah, don't break that shit, or lose those needles.