|“||The Hand of Midas can take it's curse to the bottom of the sea!||„|
|~ Cassim about the Hand of Midas.|
The Hand of Midas, also called the "Golden Hand" and the "Ultimate Treasure", is a powerful but cursed magical item that plays a major role in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, in which it serves as the primary target of the Forty Thieves. It is found on the Vanishing Isle, an island on the back of a giant sea turtle that sinks into the ocean every few years. Cassim, the King of Thieves and Aladdin's father, wanted it so his family could live a better life thankless one out on the streets of Agrabah.
According to legend, it belongs to the legendary King Midas of Phrygia, who possesses the same power as the artifact: to turn everything he touches into gold. True to said legend, the Hand of Midas, like its tragic namesake owner, who also accidentally turned his young daughter into unfeeling metal, can transform anything that it comes into contact with, into solid auric metal. Anything touched by the Hand of Midas turns to gold, but its bronze handle is perfectly safe.
The power of the Hand of Midas is so great it was even able to transform inanimate objects and living beings into gold, regardless in what state they are in, as it turned an entire sea into gold as it did with the Vanishing Isle and the Forty Thieves' sailing ship, and ultimately did the same to the vicious thief Sa'luk who was blinded by his own greed.
But in the end, Cassim realized his real "ultimate treasure" was his son and tossed the Hand of Midas into the sea. Although Cassim did not seek vengeance against the Forty Thieves for their betrayal, he unintentionally causes their demise as the Hand accidentally hits their ship, turning it to gold. The solid gold ship proves unseaworthy, and it sinks to the bottom of the sea.
It is a solid gold left hand with what appears to be a bronze handle. One must be careful not to touch the actual hand section, or they will turn to solid gold. Only objects that directly touch the hand will be turned to gold. Objects touching the gold created by the hand will not be affected, even if the hand is still touching the gold item.