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I think what A.J.'s was trying to make clear to you is that it would probably be easier to just build forum-like features into the custom-made auction site, rather than have to bend an already-made forum around a bunch of auction site features. phpbb was designed to do one thing, and do it well-- the effort it would require to modify and deal with phpbb probably would be more expensive in the long run.
I'd estimate this kind of job (depending on how fancy you wanted it of course) to be anywhere from $1000 to $2000.
I just realized that you did update it. Sorry for the confusion.
I personally am not a PHP Developer, but for a system similar to what you're asking for, you'd be given rough estimates of a low $XXX to a mid $XXX range for a less dynamic piece, and a high $XXX to a mid $XXXX range for a more optimal and dynamic piece.