NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) -- Jim Rogers, the famous contrarian investor, stands behind his prediction that gold prices will hit $2,000, but isn't buying any more gold at record highs. Rogers has been a gold bull for years and well before this year's 25% rally. There are many ways to buy gold like the gold exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD), up 24%; gold stocks like the Market Vectors Gold Miners ( GDX), a basket of large-cap miners, up 30%; or physical gold. Rogers favors the physical commodity. Jim Rogers: Gold Is a Bubble Some analysts disagree with Rogers. Goldman Sachs ( GS) called a top in gold at $1,750 sometime in 2012, while Jon Nadler, senior analyst at Kitco.com, says the top could come in 2011 especially as prices struggle to sustain prices above $1,400.
I recently sat down with Rogers to see when he thought gold prices would break $2,000 and how he would buy the precious metals market. Now, you've said that gold will hit $2,000. Do you know when -- crystal ball? Rogers: I wish I knew when, watch TheStreet.com you can get all these answers to market timing; I am no good at it. I explained to you that gold will be $2,000 certainly in the decade, it'll probably be much higher than $2,000 in the decade but maybe even sooner I don't know. But to me it seems pretty clear that it'll go to at least $2,000. If you adjust the old high back in 1980 for inflation, gold should be over $2,000 now. What about silver? Silver at the old high was $50, silver's at $30 now. Silver can certainly go to $50 again and probably much much higher over the next decade. It just seems you'd be selling your gold this year with all the hype that's been going on . There's been some hype about it but most of the public, for instance, is selling gold. If you walk around the streets in nearly any American city you'll see signs -- sell us your gold. The public is in there selling their gold, selling gold jewelry, as fast as they can. I spoke not too long ago to 300 major international money managers from around the world, sophisticated people with a lot of money under management. And the moderator, I didn't know why he said it, but he said, "How many of you have ever owned gold?" Seventy-six percent of those people had never owned gold.